Walter A. Viali on RMS Titanic - Could Project Management Have Helped? (Technical PM)

Ways of Working


This presentation will examine the various aspects of the brief and single voyage of the most luxurious ship of its time with the help of the PMBOK® Guide. Not only was the RMS Titanic lost on its maiden voyage, it also cost the lives of over 1,500 people in a single night.   Much can be learned from the history of the Titanic when we look at projects.   Could Project Management have helped avoid that disaster?  What could have the ship officers done to prevent such a catastrophe?

Walter is a Project Management and Project Management Office (PMO) Management Consultant, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a varied background in different industries, which has included several domestic and international assignments. He is the co-author of the book titled “Accelerating Change with Organizational Project Management: The New Paradigm for Change”, published at the end of 2013. Walter was a Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) for many years and has extensive knowledge and experience in Strategic Business Planning, Business Reengineering, Information Systems Planning, Portfolio Management, Process and Project Management, Project Management Office (PMO) implementation and Joint Application Development (JAD) session leading (approximately 5,000 hours of facilitation in the U.S., Europe and Asia in all phases of planning, application development, process redesign and problem solving). He has significant experience in Process and Project Management assessments based on the Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model (SEI CMM) and PMI’s Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3). Walter is also a project management and business analysis instructor for the University of Houston system. He has been quoted in several trade journals and books over the years and has published articles on Business Reengineering and Information Technology issues. Walter has made numerous presentations on Strategic Planning, Application Development strategies and Business Reengineering at several conferences, seminars, colleges and universities from 1987 up to the present. He has also delivered several presentations on Project Management topics to numerous PMI Chapters in North and CentralAmerica, Asia, and Europe, as well as at the PMI North American Congresses in Houston and Anaheim. Walter was a member of the PMI team that authored the first release of the PMI OPM3 assessment standard.He was on the Board of the PMI Houston Chapter from 2002 until 2008 and its President in 2007. He was also on the Board of the PMI Clear Lake Galveston Chapter in 2009-2010 and once again from 2014 to 2021, as PMIEF Chapter Liaison and as VP of Professional Development. For almost 5 years, Walter was the Region Mentor for PMI’s Region 6 (23 PMI Chapters plus 3 Chapters in formation, and 24,000 PMI members in the South Central U.S.). As part of PMI’s Chapter Quality Assurance program, Walter was responsible for several years for the quality review process of project management training programs offered by PMI Chapters worldwide.


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Type of category: Membership Meetings

Type of activity: Ways of Working

Date: September 5th, 2023

Hour: 11:30AM to 12:30PM

# of PDUs: 2


Students: Free

Members: Free

Non members and Guests: Free