PMI Presentation on Project Management in History: Pearl Harbor, a Project Management Perspective

PMI Presentation on Project Management in History:  Pearl Harbor, a Project Management Perspective
by Walter Viali, PMP

December 7, 1941, or, in President F.D. Roosevelt’s words, “a date which will live in infamy.”  Could the Japanese surprise attack have been avoided?  If defending the Hawaiian island of Oahu against internal and external threats was the primary objective of the military authorities, could the U.S. forces have been better prepared?  Just how good was Japan’s plan for “Operation Hawaii”?  This presentation will address how project management could have helped mitigate or outright avoid one of the darkest days in the history of the United States.  The first half of the presentation covers the events leading up to the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.  The second half of the presentation examines the Japanese project of attacking Pearl Harbor and the U.S. project of defending Hawaii from a project management perspective, using the PMBOK Guide Knowledge Areas.  Also discussed are the assumptions made by the military leaders of both countries, what happened to the main protagonists involved directly or indirectly in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and valuable lessons learned for today’s project managers.

About Our Speaker:
Walter A. Viali is a Project Management and Project Management Office (PMO) Management Consultant, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a varied background in different industries, which has included several domestic and international assignments.

Walter was also a Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) for many years.  He has extensive knowledge and experience in Strategic Business Planning, Business Reengineering, Information Systems Planning, Portfolio Management, Process and Project Management, Project Management Office (PMO) implementation and Joint Application Development (JAD) sessions (approximately 4,500 hours of facilitation in the U.S., Europe and Asia in all phases of planning, application development, process redesign and problem solving).  In addition, Walter has significant experience in Process and Project Management assessments based PMI’s Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3).

Walter was an adjunct professor at the University of Houston College of Technology in the Project Management Faculty.  He has been quoted in several trade journals and books over the years and has published articles on Business Reengineering and Information Technology issues.  Walter has made numerous presentations on Strategic Planning, Application Development strategies and Business Reengineering at several conferences, seminars, colleges and universities from 1987 up to the present.


Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Time: 05:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7750 Carondelet Ave, Clayton, MO  63105


Registration closes on Monday, April 15, 2013, 5:00 PM

Register now at  http://www.stlpmi.org/meetinginfo.php?id=110

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