Some of the most fascinating technological achievements have been, in essence, brilliant projects:
- John F. Kennedy’s vision to send the first man to the moon by the end of the 1960s
- the creation of the Boeing 777, a technological masterpiece in the aircraft industry
- Project Purple in 2006, which built the first smartphone
- the iPhone, and transformed the entire telecommunications industry
Last but not least, there are hundreds of amazing personal projects—achievements reached under extremely adverse conditions or simply personal dreams that are made a reality through a project. If you want to learn more about these high-impact project, after this article, have a look at the PMI’s Top 50 Most Influential Projects Of The Last 50 Years.
All this is nothing new. Projects are timeless and universal. The construction of the pyramids in Egypt, the development of modern cities, the Marshall Plan, the Apollo space program, the creation of the European Union—all these achievements were the result of ideas being turned into reality through projects.
The behavioral and social sciences endorse the idea that
there are a few ways of working and collaborating that is particularly
motivating and inspiring for people working on a project. These are that a
project should have ambitious goals, a higher purpose, and a clear deadline.
You have probably noticed that what people tend to remember most clearly from their entire careers in the projects they work on—often the successful ones, but also the failed ones.
Projects change the world. Projects make impossible dreams possible.