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.

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Project Scope Management | Work Breakdown Structure | Summary
Part 1 - Case Study Exercises | PART 2

Part 1 - Case Study Exercises

So how does all this relate to the field of project management today? Many projects today are initiated with clear objectives, executive sponsorship, and healthy budgets, but they still fail. Other projects have no budgets and numerous obstacles in their way, and yet they succeed. This project can be viewed as one of these successes.

Carry out the following exercises. Preferably, work as a team to develop responses as though you were working in a Project Management Office (PMO) to define the scope of the project

  1. Start by developing the project output or deliverables, e.g., number of escapers, and tunnels, etc.
  2. Work through a work breakdown structure and identify the key activities
  3. Look at all the tangibles that could affect the scope, e.g., depth/length of tunnels, etc.
  4. Identify all the constraints, e.g., ability to dispose of the sand, availability of POWs and equipment, etc.
  5. Think through and list all the intangibles that could affect the scope such as the calendar and the seasons, the dynamic nature of the project, etc.
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