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Career Development | Project Everest: Essential Steps for Successful Projects


Alan’s dynamic presentation focuses on tools and strategies that project managers can relate to and apply to their own projects. It touches on agile thinking and methods for adapting to real-time feedback 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 Alan’s expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. The material and analogies Alan shares reinforce the importance of numerous project areas such as strategic planning, effective communication, agility, 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.

Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of humanity’s greatest feats of physical, mental and emotional endurance. The two-month expedition to the top of the world’s highest peak is an intense journey filled with unparalleled challenges through 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.

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. It 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.


Learning Outcomes & Objectives:

  • Reframing activities to focus on goals and results rather than tasks
  • Continuous identification and evaluation of risks
  • Empowering team members to make critical decisions
  • Agile roles and responsibilities
  • 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
  • Adaptive planning based on current knowledge and goals
  • Resolving conflicts and building professional relationships
  • A work breakdown structure and importance of time management
  • Making critical decisions and taking appropriate action
  • Adopting an iterative approach

About the Speaker


Alan Mallory is an international speaker, author and performance coach who is passionate about leadership and reaching new heights in all that we do! His unique philosophy of life revolves around empowering people and embracing an agile mentality focused on goals and results. By understanding what drives and motivates us, we are able to cultivate more innovative and effective ways of thinking and taking action.

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. Alan has worked internationally with large organizations as a professional engineer and project manager developing patents and solutions to complex challenges in the mining and metals industry. Living and working abroad has given him the opportunity to deepen his understanding of individual and team challenges, better appreciate cultural diversity and successfully adapt to different organizational structures.

Building experience through a lifestyle of adventure and challenge, in the spring of 2008 Alan embarked on the journey of a lifetime and set a world record on Mount Everest along with three members of his immediate family. It was a two-month expedition through some of the most exciting yet terrifying conditions imaginable and their success demanded an unwavering perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity. Alan delivers a number of exciting presentations and training programs designed to help individuals, team members and organizations reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take in order to achieve breakthrough performance.


1 PDU in Leadership Category

1 PDU in Technical Category


  • $29.99 PMI Los Angeles Members
  • $39.99 Non-Members

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Type of category: Public Events (Programs, Career Dev and Membership Public Events)

Type of activity: Leadership

Date: January 23rd, 2021

Hour: 10:00AM to 12:00PM

PDUs: 2


Members: $29.99

Non members: $39.99