War in the Office: Projects and Conflicts

War in the Office: Projects and Conflicts


Michael Dobson, PMP

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

Tower III Conference Facility, Curie & Drew Conference Rooms
1710 SAIC Drive
McLean, VA, 22102

Agenda and Cost:
  • 11:30 am: Networking begins
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm: Program
  • Keynote Speaker: Michael Dobson, PMP

This Session is free of charge. Pre-registration is required.

All wars are projects — although not all projects are wars. From a management perspective, your project goes to war when you have competition for a goal, whether short range or long range. Your projects change. If you have to beat the competition, how good they are determines how good you need to be. Risk increases and becomes more conscious and deliberate. In these cases, there’s an overlap between thinking like a project manager and thinking like a general. The art of project management war requires different challenges and a different mindset. In this program, learn how to apply the lessons of Sun Tzu, von Clausewitz, and Machiavelli as a project manager. Prudent project managers avoid unnecessary conflict — but when you have to fight, fight to win.

Special Instructions: 

In Tysons Corner, entries into parking from Hwy 7, near intersections of Westpark Drive or Greensboro Drive. Photo ID is required. SAIC Drive is a roundabout at the end of ‘Solutions Drive.’ Guest parking is free. Easiest to enter at front of building marked by circular drive and flagpoles (large glass atrium).

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speaker

Michael Dobson, PMP

Michael Dobson, PMP, is an internationally known project management consultant, author, and lecturer. He’s the author of 24 books on various aspects of project management, office politics, organizational dynamics, and personal growth.  He is the author of Project: Impossible,Creative Project Management from McGraw-Hill, and six other books on project management.  His book Practical Project Management has sold well over 60,000 copies, making him one of the best selling authors in the project management field. His novels Fox on the Rhine and MacArthur’s War were selections of the Military Book Club, and his simulation game AD&D Battlesystem won the H. G. Wells Award. He contributed the decision theory section for a NASA/USAF Academy encyclopedia of space systems engineering and operations.

As a project manager, Michael helped build the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and led creative and marketing operations for one of the world’s most famous hobby game companies. He is the world’s only private owner of an Apollo spacesuit.

Michael has given well over 1,000 project management seminars on three continents, with a distinguished client list including Naval Reactors, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Union Carbide, NASA, GSA, the Weather Channel, and Australian State Rail, along with numerous PMI-sponsored events.

He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and is a member of the Montgomery County chapter of PMI.

Michael Dobson, PMP

All wars are projects, but not all projects are wars. Your project goes to war when it has enemies — or, in project management terms, "negative stakeholders with an interest in your project's failure," whether they're external or internal. Your risk environment changes, usually for the worse. Your planning must take the opposition into account, and the definition of success often depends on what the competition does.

About the Tyson's Corner Luncheons

PMIWDC holds free monthly luncheon meetings in Tyson's Corner, hosted by SAIC Corporation.

Bring your lunch, or visit the onsite cafeteria. PDU credits are be available for Project Management Professionals (PMPs).

Membership in PMI is not required, but all guests should pre-register to attend. 

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