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Creating a Truly Inspiring Project

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Through history there have been a number of inspiring projects, and this workshop examines the ten most influential projects of all time to specifically draw out practical project lessons to apply to today’s projects. These are projects where the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. Projects that were a catalyst for its sponsors and stakeholders, and left a legacy for and influenced other projects that followed.

This workshop examines projects that not only changed project management but the world around them. They went way beyond the deliverables, were innovative, ground breaking, overcame perceived insurmountable problems, and kicked off a sequence of changes in the societies they were part of.

The workshop weaves a path through the course of history and examines ten of the most influential projects of all time. But the workshop goes beyond telling a nice story and examines the projects through the modern lens of project management and the PMBoK® nine knowledge areas. This provides valuable insights into how these projects were planned and executed, and in the innovative way they managed new emerging technologies to create truly inspiring deliverables. As a result, they inspired subsequent projects that would follow.

Through exercises and video samples the workshop attendees, working in groups, will be given a chance to use their skills to analyze core problems within the projects, play out what if scenario, and discuss what made these projects so transformational for the stakeholders and the society who reaped the benefits.

The analysis allows attendees to draw out patterns, techniques, and make comparatives to today’s projects. The workshop also examines the project leaders and their character traits, and the role they played in the project.

The workshop is based on the publication The History of Project Management which traces the development of project management, from the ancient world through to the industrial revolutions of the last 300 years. These projects were selected because of their impact on subsequent projects and project management.


Upon the successful completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to better understand how truly inspiring projects:

  • were cost justified, to create mass employment opportunities for local trades, guilds, and workforce,
  • used cost control strategies and procurement management to set up contractors and far reaching supply-chains,
  • relied on project sponsors to play a pivotal role in project initiation, and taking a leadership position and putting a personal stake into the project,
  • developed communication strategies with project stakeholders, and motivated the project workforce.
  • managed risks, borrowed best practices and used innovation to solve complex problems,
  • delivered quickly and at a pace to benefit the project sponsor and principal stakeholders,
  • used emerging technologies to bring down project costs down and increase the value of the deliverable
  • used agile methods to accommodate change and deliver quickly,
  • used quality management techniques.



Project managers, project leaders, team leaders and general business professionals.


There is no prerequisite for this course. It functions as a stand-alone course.


Participants will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides and exercises.

course info

Course ID: 1803
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 1 day

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 2 2.5 2.5
PgMP 2 2.5 2.5
PfMP 0 2.5 2.5
PMI-ACP 2 2.5 2.5
PMI-SP 0 2.5 2.5
PMI-RMP 0 2.5 2.5
PMI-PBA 2 2.5 2.5

The three columns in the table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 7 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 1 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 7 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 7 Learning Credits