Project Management Blunders - Lessons in Risk Management from Titanic

Project Management Blunders - Lessons in Risk Management from Titanic


Mark Kozak-Holland, PhD, PMP, IPMA-D


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About the Seminar

The process of gathering and managing requirements can be difficult enough but when stakeholders start to meddle project risks can get quickly out of control.

Managing Project Risk in the Face of Meddling Stakeholders

This interactive full-day workshop addresses the managing of principal stakeholders and the sponsors through the requirements process, and how they can unwittingly compromise the project. Using the Titanic case study the workshop looks at the construction project that designed, built, and launched the ship through the modern lens of the PMBoK nine knowledge areas. The workshop reviews the background as to how White Star initiated and planned a project to outpace its competition with 3 super liners, using the latest in emerging technologies. The sponsor's determination “to create the ultimate passenger (first class) experience” became the project mantra. The workshop then analyzes each of the project stages and shows how stakeholder meddling caused continual problems for the naval architects, and increased the risks.

The workshop also explains how through careful marketing the ship was considered by practically all to be an unsinkable ship. All of these disastrous compromises and mistakes were fully avoidable. It resulted in a collision that put an end to the ship on its maiden voyage. The main benefits relate to how the lessons learned from Titanic’s project and disaster can be applied to projects today using risk management, managing stakeholders, and improving decision making.

Event Location

Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner
1960 Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, VA, 22102

Agenda and Cost:

8:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - Seminar Begins
4:30 PM - Seminar Ends

(Fee includes seminar, materials, breakfast, and lunch)
$335.00 - Member Registration
$360.00 - Nonmember Registration

Special Instructions

Directions: Directions on International Drive between Chain Bridge Road and Greensboro Drive.

Park to the south of the Hotel. Do not park in a 30min parking spot. You will be towed.

PDUs Available: 
7.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

About the Speakers

Mark Kozak-Holland, PhD, PMP, IPMA-D


Titanic Lessons for business is from the “Lessons from History” series. As the author behind the series, Mark Kozak-Holland brings years of experience as a consultant who helps Fortune-500 companies formulate projects that leverage emerging technologies. Since 1985 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.

Mark has always been interested in tracing the evolution of technology and the 3 industrial revolutions of the last 300 years. Whilst recovering a failed Financial Services project he first used the Titanic analogy to explain to project executives why the project had failed. The project recovery was going to take 2 years and $8m cost versus the original $2m cost and 1 year duration. As a historian, Mark seeks out the wisdom of the past to help others avoid repeating mistakes and to capture time-proven techniques. His lectures on the Titanic project have been very popular at gatherings of project managers and CIOs.

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