How Santa Was Almost Digitally Revolutionized

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at andy.jordan@roffensian.com. Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

This is the eighth year that I have written a Christmas story for ProjectManagement.com, which I think means I’m now officially old. They continue to be among the articles that generate the biggest response (even the year I rather foolishly wrote it as a poem), and believe it or not that makes this the article the one I feel the most pressure to get right each year.

I know that’s silly when you think of all the serious topics covered, but I know that any of the messages in this one are going to be remembered, so I really want to hit the mark. This year I’m going to look at something that didn’t receive much coverage in the mainstream media, but that has the potential to have a profound impact on Christmas as we know it. I got this story directly from my well-placed sources in the Santa administration, so it is straight from the reindeer’s mouth!

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“Ho-ho-zero-one this is North Pole tower, you are cleared for takeoff on runway 18 for test flight alpha.”

“Roger that North Pole tower, departing now on runway 18.”

The elf in charge of aviation projects released the “transmit” button and clicked the launch command on the laptop in front of him. Across the compound, the prototype autonomous sleigh took off and began its maiden test flight. A lot of work had gone into this project, from creating …

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