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.


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.

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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