Mark Kozak-Holland

Founder Lesson from History

PhD from the Salford University Business School, UK (2014)

B.Sc. with Joint Honours degree in Computer Science and Statistics 1980-1983 (University of Salford, UK).

Mark Kozak-Holland brings years of experience as a consultant who helps Fortune-500 companies formulate projects that leverage emerging technologies. Since 1983 he has been straddling the business and IT worlds making these projects happen. He is a PMP, certified business consultant, the author of several books, and a noted speaker. Mark has always been interested in tracing the evolution of technology and the 3 industrial revolutions of the last 300 years. Whilst recovering a failed Financial Services project he first used the Titanic analogy to explain to project executives why the project had failed. The project recovery was going to take 2 years and $8m cost versus the original $2m cost and 1 year duration.

As a historian, Kozak-Holland seeks out the wisdom of the past to help others avoid repeating mistakes and to capture time-proven techniques. His lectures on the Titanic project have been very popular at gatherings of project managers and CIOs.

Mark Kozak-Holland is author of the “Lessons from History” books series ( that have been written for organizations applying today’s business and technology techniques to common business problems. Lessons from the past assist projects of today in shaping the world of tomorrow. The series uses relevant historical case studies to examine how historical projects and emerging technologies of the past solved complex problems. It then draws comparisons to challenges encountered in today’s projects. Mark has contributed to far reaching series of articles on, DM Review, and PM Forum today. He has written several academic papers on historical project management. He defended his dissertation titled “The Relevance of Historical Project Lessons to Contemporary Business Practice” in November 2013 to complete his PhD.



What can we learn from previous transformational projects & technology  for project today?

Innovation is not always associated with project management but projects are one-time opportunities and unique endeavours. Sometimes they may be the only time for organizations to innovate as the opportunities may simply not exist after the project.

The speech will be based on several case studies in innovation from the First Industrial Revolution primarily the Transcontinental Railroad but also the Ironbridge, and Stockton Darlington Railway. These case studies have rarely been associated with innovation (and projects) and this is what makes this presentation so unique. Through these case studies the presentation highlights the importance of innovation and why it needs to be considered in projects.