D-Day, 1944: a study in project management

Today, June 6th, 2017, marks the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, a turning point in World War II. Wikipedia’s article on the lead up to, execution of and follow-on support for D-Day are an excellent study in project management.

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The world we know today would not exist were it not for the thousands of people that engaged in project management activities all across the globe, virtual teams — planning, logistics, transportation, security, vendor management, risk management, intelligence, counter-intelligence, stakeholder management, budgeting, scheduling, contingency planning, morale, training, communications — all wrapped into a package of international collaboration and cooperation.

I had breakfast this morning with a group of military veterans, one of whom served in the Pacific during WW((. We didn’t discuss project management, just the awe that all the pieces came together, despite the set-backs, losses (which were horrific, as is any loss of life), and the determination to defeat what seemed to be an invincible foe.

Amazing things happen when people work together for a common cause.

Make the world a better place today, through your projects and your people.

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About Gordon Young

Need 10's of millions? Start here. Keynote speaker, coach and instructor. I help companies tap into the creativity and energy of their teams resulting in profit, engagement and well-being.
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