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Project Everest: Hybrid Agile Strategies for Reaching New Heights in Project Management

Project Everest: Hybrid Agile Strategies for Reaching New Heights in Project Management

Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of humanity’s greatest feats of physical, mental and emotional endurance. The exciting expedition to the top of the world’s highest peak is a journey filled with unparalleled challenges and some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable. Alan Mallory took on the challenge and set a world record when he, along with three other members of his immediate family, reached the summit. Alan’s dynamic presentation focuses on agile thinking, tools and strategies as well as comparing and contrasting these elements to a more traditional waterfall approach. It is an engaging visual and educational journey that is supported by many of the stunning photos and short videos captured along the expedition. Alan’s keynote reinforces the importance of numerous project areas such as strategic planning, effective communication, risk management, teamwork and development of trust within professional relationships as well as the mentality and passion involved in conquering one’s own Everest, whatever that may be. The real story is much more than the climb; it is about a purpose-driven team that set an ambitious goal, committed to the planning and preparation, persevered with passion and achieved success. The powerful strategies and skills that contributed to this achievement, especially during the intense and at many times critical situations, can be applied to all projects. Alan highlights various technical and strategic components throughout his program. Some of these elements include:

  • Reframing activities to focus on goals and results rather than tasks
  • Adaptive planning based on current knowledge and goals
  • Empowering team members to make critical decisions
  • Agile roles and responsibilities
  • Responding quickly and efficiently to issues that arise
  • Strategies for flexibility and working through change
  • A sample precedence diagram for attempting Everest
  • A risk breakdown structure for Everest
  • The importance of team interaction and collaboration
  • Analyzing risks for impact and likelihood
  • Development of risk response strategies
  • A work breakdown structure and importance of time management
  • Categorized work packages and prioritization
  • Overcoming adversity and internal challenges
  • Making critical decisions and taking appropriate action
  • Adopting an iterative approach
  • Continuous identification and evaluation of risks

The underlying message is about how we as project managers need to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take in order to continuously improve ourselves, our industry reputation and our teams. Alan creates a powerful and unforgettable journey for his audience by integrating captivating mountaineering and adventure stories with his innovative leadership and project management experience


Alan Mallory is an international speaker, author and performance coach who is passionate about leadership and reaching new heights in all that we do. Alan holds a degree in Engineering from Queen’s University and a Masters in Psychology from Adler University, giving him a well-balanced approach to the outer and inner challenges we all face. He has worked internationally with large organizations as a professional engineer and project manager developing patents and implementing solutions to complex challenge in the mining and metals industry. 

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Event Properties

Event Date 10-16-2020 10:00 am
Event End Date 10-16-2020 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date 09-16-2020 8:00 pm
Cut off date 10-16-2020 10:00 am
Individual Price Free
No. of Strategic PDUs 1
No. of Technical PDUs 1