Project Management

Defining Greatness in Construction History: PM Secrets Revealed

PMI Lakeshore, Ontario Chapter

Sherif is the author of Greatness in Construction History: Human Stories of Great People and Great Projects.

Great lessons learned are the fuel of advancement and progress. A key source of great lessons learned would be great projects, which embody superior knowledge and trade secrets that need to be explored, extracted, documented, reserved and used. When it comes to construction projects, this allows current and future generations of builders to learn from their great ancestors and strive for construction greatness.

To that end, I took the time to dive deep into a range of great historical construction projects and come up with some common lessons learned. I went on a journey through time and space as I attempted to live the stories firsthand, working closely alongside the greatest master builders in history.

The journey spanned almost 5,000 years of construction and covered eight great landmark projects:

  • Pyramid of Djoser
  • Florence Cathedral Dome
  • Taj Mahal
  • Crystal Palace
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Empire State Building
  • New Gourna Village

Through my immersive research, I got there before the projects started, lived in the environments, met with the people who made greatness happen, and lived the project events and proceedings from inception to completion.

All in all, I solidified my belief that construction greatness is about making history. It takes vision, novelty, geniality, persistence and courage to get there. The spirit of …

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