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Governance Lessons from Pearl Harbor

Lessons in IT Governance from the Attack on Pearl Harbor

There are several planned and available presentations that provide a different slant on the topic and are intended for different audiences.

Governance in IT Programs and Projects

On December 7, 1941 the world changed for the United States following the surprise attack on the home port of the US Pacific Fleet by elements of the Japanese Imperial Navy.  The shock of this event led to major overhaul of governance that influenced policy and practice for 60 years.   In the current world of projects today there are similar events, waiting to change reality for Project Directors, Managers, and Leaders.

There were two large bureaucratic organizations (The U.S. Army and Navy) managing the most complex technology of their day.  These two groups were given conflicting and overlapping mandates in Hawaii, with a shared goal and badly broken lines of communication.  The objective of this presentation on this event is to parallel the lessons from the days leading up to the attack to situations in modern organizations and governance.  We let the history act as both a mirror and a lens, helping us see our organization in the reflection of the events from 1940-41, and focus on the key lessons of governance that those events contain.

Audience: Project Managers, Program Managers, Business Managers

Governance Lessons from Pearl Harbor PDF

Lessons in IT Governance

Japan is not an air power

Learning Objectives

In retrospect, it has often been possible to predict significant events and take remedial actions, but as at Pearl Harbor, all the urgency is lost before actions are taken.  You will learn:

  • How to create adaptive governance that will be responsive to environment changes. 
  • How governance exists at strategic, tactical, and operational levels within a project, and the limits of ability at each level.

Full of intriguing details, the presentation helps you to work out strategies for addressing IT Governance.

Pearl Harbor - Admiral Stark

The Benefits

In today's world, project teams face greater pressure than ever to implement governance into projects and the operation. Based on the backdrop of the tragic events of December 7, 1941, this presentation will highlight what governance is and why it needs to exist in a program or project. The benefits of the presentation include the ability to see the cumulative result of overdependence on technology, siloed organizations, communications failure, and a tidal wave of unresponsive decision structures.

Map Pearl Harbor

Note: This presentation conforms to the internationally recognized standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). You will receive 1-2 PDUs (professional development units) upon completion.

Pearl Harbor Hawaii Fuel Tanks

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