I recently ran across an excellent article by editor Normal Fells in the July issue of PM World Today on project management lessons from the BP oil spill. Entitled Deepwater Horizon: Lessons from the Recent BP Project Failure and Environmental Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – Part I, the piece, as the title implies, is still a preliminary assessment. Fells organizes his analysis (both pre- and post-disaster) around PM Lessons for Industry, Lessons for Government Agencies, and broader social-economic, environmental and national implications.
Another brief blog discussion, Did BP See All of its Problems in Time?, summarizes some of the key engineering and other technical failures involved in the disaster. Finally, in a Harvard Business Review online article, Gil Corkindale distills Five Leadership Lessons from the BP Oil Spill.
In future postings, I plan to further sort through the lessons learned from both project and knowledge management perspectives. The oil spill also provides many object lessons on public vs. private sector project management, and how the two worlds can converge and collide.