Project Management

The Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (Part 1)

Bob Weinstein is a journalist who covers technology, project management, the workplace and career development.

Brooklyn boasts many things. They include the best pizza on the planet and the original Nathan’s (at Coney Island). It was also the home of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, where “Jackie” Robinson--the first black major-league player--debuted in 1947.
The second largest borough of New York City (the first is Queens) has also been justifiably stigmatized for its infamous Brooklyn accent, which butchers commonplace words beyond recognition: “tawks” (talks), “tirty” (thirty), “tird” (third), “quarder” (quarter), “nawmal” (normal) and of course, “duh” (the).
But Brooklyn is also home to the historic BrooklynBridge. Completed in 1883,
the bridge is an architectural tour de force and an enduring monument of brilliant project management. Over the past couple of years I’ve written about PMs responsible for historic projects ranging from the building the Alaskan Pipeline to managing the creation of the atomic bomb, which brought World War ll to a speedy end.
The building of the BrooklynBridge also belongs in that august category because it had all the ingredients of a project fraught with drama, tragedy, hardship, problems, lessons and astounding triumphs.
It’s not hard to understand why the spectacular structure still draws thousands of tourists …

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