This case study is an abridged version of Mark Kozak-Holland's eBook: Project Lessons from The Great Escape (Stalag Luft III). It was submitted for publication by email 11/6/08.
It is copyright to M. Kozak-Holland, © 2008.
Published here January 2009.

About the Author's Work | Introduction | Project Reality 
Project Scope Management | Work Breakdown Structure | Summary
Part 1 - Case Study Exercises | PART 2

Mark Kozak-Holland is a Senior Business Architect with HP Services and regularly writes and speaks on the subject of emerging technologies and lessons that can be learned from historical projects. He is a historian and author of several books seeking out the wisdom of the past to help others capture time-proven techniques and so avoid repeating mistakes. He helps Fortune-500 companies formulate projects that leverage emerging technologies. He can be reached at or via his web site:

About the Author's Work

Lessons From History

As the author behind the "Lessons from History" series Mark Kozak-Holland has always been interested in tracing the evolution of technology and the three 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 two years and $8m cost versus the original $2m cost and one-year duration. Mark's lectures/workshops on Lessons from History projects have been very popular at gatherings of project managers and CIOs.

Mark's latest book in the Lessons-From-History series is titled "Project Lessons from the Great Escape (Luft III)" It draws parallels from this event in World War II to today's business challenges. For information on The Great Escape Memorial Foundation see


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