Project Management is Exciting!

Project Management is Exciting!

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!

I’m a professor of project management at the college where I work. My students continually amaze me with their insights, passion and all-around awesomeness. I figure they deserve access to more answers than I can give them by myself. This site is for them.
  • Elizabeth

    This is hilarious! It must have been so much work. I particularly like the camembert mosquitos. Thanks to this article I went and found The Escapist and while I’m not a gamer I watched his video on iPhone games and thought that was great too.
    I’m looking forward to the next part of your video series!

  • HAHA yah it surprised me how much work. I managed to crank it out in a day but the day was from the time I got up in the morning to about 3:00am that night (er…the next day?) LOL I should have known better. I was actually going to include Teddy Roosevelt’s contribution and do all the lessons learned in the same clip but quickly decided better of it. LOL

    I’m glad you found Yahtzee! His vids are just awesome (if brutally frank).

    Thanks for commenting, Elizabeth! 😀

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