Location: Portland Country Club, Falmouth, Maine
On 14 December 1911, four men led by Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole. Thirty-five days later, Robert F. Scott and four others followed. Amundsen had won the race to the pole. Amundsen’s party returned to base on 26 January 1912. Scott’s party perished. As historical drama, why this happened is interesting enough. But to project managers, the story is fascinating.
We’ll use the history of this event to explore ten important lessons about managing complex projects. From this story we can learn ten lessons in project management, including lessons about leadership, planning, scope creep, risk management, improvisation, discipline, organizational politics, team dynamics, technology management, and simplicity.
Each of these principles is illustrated with a story from the Race to the South Pole, comparing the approaches used by the two teams. The result is a lively, interesting program that deals with these ten topics in a memorable way.