Program Details Module 1

Project Everest: Essential Steps for Successful Projects (2.0 Technical PDUs)

Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of humanity’s greatest feats of endurance. The grueling expedition to the top of the world’s highest peak is a project filled with unparalleled physical and mental challenges and some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable. In 2008, Alan Mallory took on the challenge and set a world record with three other members of his family after an incredible self-guided expedition on the mountain. The expedition challenged the mental, emotional and physical limits of their entire beings and at every stage of the ascent demanded an unwavering commitment to resilience and perseverance.

This presentation focuses on developing leaders and strengthening project teams by reinforcing the professional development and project management skills that are essential for success in any project. It highlights the processes that are involved in planning and executing difficult projects by using the challenge of Everest as a metaphor and example of such a project. It is an engaging visual and educational journey that is supported by many of the stunning photos and short videos captured along the expedition. Alan’s keynote reinforces the importance of numerous leadership qualities such as strategic planning, effective communication, risk management, teamwork and development of trust within professional relationships as well as the mentality and passion involved in conquering one’s own Everest, whatever that may be.

There is also a lot of insight to be gained about personal development and finding the spark within each of us that drives us to do the things we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. By controlling our focus and concentrating on the areas we are most passionate about, we can accomplish great things.

Alan highlights various technical components of project management and shares matrices and examples of project management tools used for Project Everest. Some of these technical elements include:

  • The Work Breakdown Structure for Project Everest

  • Categorized Work Packages

  • A Responsible-Accountable-Consulted-Informed (“RACI”) Chart for defining Roles and Responsibilities

  • A Sample Precedence Diagram for Project Everest

  • A Multi-criteria Decision Analysis

  • Communication Models

  • The Risk Breakdown Structure for Project Everest

  • A Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT) Graph for Statistical Analysis on Loss of Life

  • A Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) Analysis for our Expedition Team

  • A Risk Matrix for Impact and Likelihood

  • Development of Risk Response Strategies

The underlying message is about how as project managers we need to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take in order to continuously improve ourselves and advance our profession.