Seeing as I’m currently looking for work and have some extra time on my hands, I thought it would be fun to spend some time between recruiter calls and make a little video.
When I did my Soft Skill Salsa presentation earlier this year, someone told me the slides reminded them of a Zero Punctuation video by Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw. I hadn’t heard of him before, but once I looked it up I immediately subscribed and decided I loved his videos. I’m a gamer so of course it’s a good fit. If you decide to follow him, beware of language.
About a year ago I came across “A Tale of Two Projects: The Panama Canal and the Birth of Project and Risk Management” by Tom Kendrick and I thought it was the most awesome story ever. So I decided to make a video retelling of Mr. Kendrick’s amazing essay in the style of Mr. Yahtzee Croshaw. I’m sure they’re both going to come gunning for me now, although I hope I’ve done them each justice.
This video is Part 1 of a retelling of Ferdinand de Lesseps’ unsuccessful attempt at building the Panama Canal. While poor M. de Lesseps’ story doesn’t have a happy ending, there’s a tremendous amount to be learned from the tale.
If you know a project manager, or love a project manager, send them this video and give them a hug from me!