The playlists introduces the History of Project Management, how it evolved, and presents some quite remarkable results. Namely, that project management did not just appear in the last 100 years but has been a steady evolution for at least 4,500 years.
On March 25, 1944, groups of Prisoners of War (POWs) began their escape from the Stalag Luft III prison camp near Sagan, Germany. This was the culmination of over a years worth of work that involved the creation of three separate tunnels, the procurement of scarce goods, and managing risks from snooping guards to collapsing tunnels. It also required a slew of fake documentation and clothing for escapees to survive on the outside, developing innovative solutions with limited resources, and staying alive.
While it was not apparent to anyone at the time, the escape plan followed rigorously what we now know to be the nine PMIs Knowledge Areas. For the most part, the Project Team, led by Roger Bushell (known as the Big X, or Project Manager) effectively managed the project. The team planned their scope in advance, determined an appropriate timeline for escaping, figured out ways to pay tunnel workers and manage the human resource costs, ensured a high standard of quality on a variety of deliverables from the tunnels to forged travel documentation, analyzed and addressed risks, and procured items when scarcity was prevalent.