Project Management Blunders



Book Title: Project Management Blunders: Lessons from the Project That Built, Launched, and Sank Titanic
Author: Mark Kozak-Holland
Publisher: Multi-Media Publications
List Price: $39.95
Format: Soft cover, 392 pages
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 13-9781554891221
Reviewer: Richard D. Bonaparte, PMP
Review Date: July 12, 2023



Blunders takes an interesting approach to exploring project management techniques used during the construction, launch, and the ultimate tragic sinking of the Titanic. Kozak-Holland shares key lessons learned from this disastrous event and some lessons that can be applied to project management today.

Overview of Book’s Structure

By approaching the book in a chronological format Mark takes on a journey leading up to the Titanic’s construction, its maiden voyage, and its tragic sinking. It is divided into fifteen chapters which focus on different aspects of the Titanic story, the ship’s design, passengers and crew on board, the tragic collision, and the heroic rescue efforts.

Titanic provides detailed information and analysis of key events, some firsthand accounts from survivors and historical photographs. Kozak-Holland also includes a wealth of background information on the ship’s creators, the White Star Line, and the cultural impact of the Titanic disaster. The book concludes with an examination of the legacy of the Titanic and the lessons learned from its sinking.


The book emphasizes those key lessons learned that led to the catastrophic consequences, critical oversights, missed queues within team communications that contributed to the failure and a lack of contingency planning to help anticipate and prepare for unforeseen circumstances.


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How to cite this work: Bonaparte, R. D. (2024). Project Management Blunders: Lessons from the Project That Built, Launched, and Sank Titanic, book review, PM World Journal. Vol. XIII, Issue IV, April. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/pmwj140-Apr2024-Bonaparte-Project-Management-Blunders-Titanic-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Richard Bonaparte

North Texas, USA


Richard Bonaparte is the former President of R-Logic and founder of ProjectPros a Project Management and Agile Consulting Group.

As an experienced IT practitioner Richard has over 20 years’ experience in delivering IT solutions, business process re-engineering and software development for the Mortgage Banking, Commercial/Corporate Banking, Insurance and Financial Services industries.

Richard holds numerous certifications, including the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), has led numerous mentoring organizations, spoken at Southern California PMP Bootcamps and actively consults in the North Dallas area of Texas.

Richard can be contacted at: richard.d.bonaparte@gmail.com

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