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One of the interesting lessons that has intrigued us over the last year has been the role of leadership in relation to programmes. How many of you have worked on a programme where a major risk has materialised, but the programme board have been in denial?

We don’t normally think of programme management and mountaineering in the same sentence, but we came across a book called “Project Management, Denial and The Death Zone” by Grant Avery. He draws comparisons between the Everest 1996 climbing tragedy and how major projects and programmes run into trouble and the lessons we can learn as delivery professionals.

We have put together a video summary of the scenario and the lessons for our graduate programme with University of Cumbria, we hope you enjoy it.

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