21 March 2018
Waltham Close London Stansted Airport Stansted CM24 1PP · CM24 1PP
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Lessons in IT Governance from the Attack on Pearl Harbor

London Stansted Airport, Waltham Close, London Stansted Airport, Stansted CM24 1PP

This presentation is based on the attack on Pearl Harbor as a study in governance. We all know the story of what happened on December 7, 1941. Few of us know why or how all the best efforts of the US Military failed to prevent the Japanese from attacking so successfully and with very minimal losses.

On December 7, 1941 the world changed for the United States following the surprise attack on the home port of the US Pacific Fleet by elements of the Japanese Imperial Navy.

The shock of this event led to major overhaul of governance that influenced policy and practice for 60 years.  

There were two large bureaucratic organizations (The U.S. Army and Navy) managing the most complex technology of their day. These two groups were given conflicting and overlapping mandates in Hawaii, with a shared goal and badly broken lines of communication. The objective of this presentation on this event is to parallel the lessons from the days leading up to the attack to situations in modern organizations and governance.

Participants will see the nature of project governance at strategic, tactical, and operational levels using the Pearl Harbor story as a background related to modern project experiences when an unforeseen reality (Sarbanes-Oxley, SARS, Privacy, Bill 168, business changes) arrives with serious consequences. The comparison examines how people, process and technology combined at all levels to create an epic failure of governance despite all the modern tools of diplomacy, intelligence, and leadership.

The presentation of key findings from the 8 enquiries into the events of December 7, 1941 are as relevant to projects today as they were 70 years ago. Discover how multiple failures could have been avoided and history re-written, and how to apply these lessons today.  

Mark Kozak-Holland has written a number of publications and academic papers on project management based on historical case studies. He defended his dissertation titled “The Relevance of Historical Project Lessons to Contemporary Business Practice” in November 2013 to complete his PhD.

As the founder behind the “Lessons from History” business series, Mark Kozak-Holland brings years of experience as a consultant who helps Fortune-500 companies formulate projects that leverage emerging technologies. Since 1983 he has been straddling the business and IT worlds making these projects happen. He is a PMP, certified business consultant, the author of several books, and a noted speaker.

Previous presentations and webinars can be viewed on the APM Slideshare and YouTube channels.

This event is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.


APM Body of Knowledge reference

Section Description
1.1.1 Project management


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