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Mark Kozak-Holland

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PhD, B.Sc., CPMA (IPMA-D), PMP, Cert.APM

Mark Kozak-Holland is a project manager and a senior business consultant (certified in the Consultant Profession) with 29 years of business experience. He specializes in helping organizations evaluate how emerging technologies can impact their business. Kozak-Holland puts a different spin on complex business problems by applying lessons from history. He is the founder of the Lessons from History series of books and has written several titles for the series. He is very passionate about history and believes it has great relevance in business today. A good analogy helps to simplify, frame and put today's complex projects into context. It builds up a better understanding and enhances reader retention.

Kozak-Holland delivers seminars for project manager, business executives, and decision makers. He regularly speaks at major project management conferences including Project World, and PMI chapters, and at organizations, and businesses. He also has authored many white papers, and writes magazine articles regularly.

Kozak-Holland is very passionate about history and sees its potential use as an education tool in business today. As a result, he has developed the Lessons from History series, which is for organizations applying today's Information Technology (IT) to common business problems. It is written for primarily business and IT professionals looking for inspiration for their projects. It uses relevant historical case studies to examine how historical projects and emerging technologies of the past solved complex problems.

Since 1990, as a consultant he has delivered hundreds of consulting engagements across major service industries (Finance/Insurance, Retail/Distribution, Telco, Government, Oil/Gas, and Healthcare). At a business level these engagements have included corporate strategic planning, visioning, organizational development, business transformation, project management assessments, re-engineering assessments, CRM, decision support (Business Intelligence), and business availability. At a functional level these have included scoping requirements for systems integration, solution assessments, management of change, application migrations, major implementations and operations management.

Mark has worked for HP, IBM, Compaq, Tandem and SHL Systemhouse.

Awards and Recognition

  • Received the Tandem Excellence award for the development of the corporate Business Availability Service, deployed globally.
  • Winner at OCTAS, a competition honored by the Fédération de l'informatique du Québec for most innovative IT project. This is a major occasion in the province of Quebec: http://www.fiq.qc.ca/evenements.htm#laureats
  • Compaq Services recognition for the development, evolution, and promotion of the Business Discovery program.

Education

  • B.Sc. with Joint Honours degree in Computer Science and Statistics 1980-1983 (University of Salford, UK).
  • PMP through the Project Management Institute
  • IPMA D through the Project Management Association of Canada

 

CSTD  IPMA Level D   Cert.APM

 


 

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Business Architecture, Business Assessment, Change Management, Process Change, Project Management, Project Management Training, Requirements Gathering, Strategic Planning

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Mark Kozak-Holland presented a fascinating seminar to our group. For thousands of years, the greatest teachers have used stories to effectively illustrate important concepts. Mark proves that history provides amazing stories with powerful lessons that provide value for today’s world. His speaking and writing styles are entertaining, educational and effective. He is always a crowd favorite.

Vince Socci: President, Platform Division, LHP Software

Mark is an extraordinary consultant - his business acumen, indepth IT knowledge and interpersonal skills make working with him effortless. He is very driven, focused yet thought-provoking. As a CIO, I needed someone who has been there, done that and could hit the ground running, Mark is that unique resource.

John Keogh, CIO:

Mark Kozak-Holland presented a fascinating seminar to our group. For thousands of years, the greatest teachers have used stories to effectively illustrate important concepts. Mark proves that history provides amazing stories with powerful lessons that provide value for today’s world. His speaking and writing styles are entertaining, educational and effective. He is always a crowd favorite.

Vince Socci, President, Platform Division at LHP Engineering Solutions:

Mark was the opening key note speaker for the PMI UK IPM day in November 09, which I chaired.
What a fascinating talk we had around the way the Titanic project was brought together the pitfalls and decisions that were made that led to that fateful iceberg. Bringing history to life and relating it to the issues of project management today, thoroughly enjoyed and recommended.

Patrick Bird, Communication Excellence Trainer and Facilitator. Professional Speaker and Event Compere:

After reading many of Mark's articles in Project Manager Today and Gantthead.com I invited Mark to speak at the BCS Chartered Insitute for IT (Manchester, UK). He was and is a fantastic, energetic speaker who appears to seamlessly adapt to how to present his knowledge using the Titantic series. I have no doubts about the interest he portrays in his presentations and the engagement of his audience and would recommend anyone to listen and read Mark's works.

Andy Jordan MBCS CITP, R&D Project Manager at SG Gaming:

Mark is passionate about project management and business analysis. He brings a unique perspective by analyzing historical events and extracting lessons learned that can be used today. He has deep understanding of PM and BA processes/techniques, and is able to explain not only the "how" but also the "why" behind them in very simple terms. As an author, he is easy to work with through the editing and production processes, and actively works to promote his books. He is also a fascinating and dynamic speaker, comfortable speaking to audiences of all sizes.

Kevin Aguanno, Senior Consultant at GenXus:

Really excellent integration of historical perspective into PM context.

Jeff Zalusky:

The City of Los Angeles and its Emergency Management Department have used the information presented by Mark to increase its emergency preparedness activities and our understanding of effective project management. We were pleased to be able to bring Mark to Los Angeles and share the information with our Executive Management. If any agency is interested in evaluating project management success and thinks a self evaluation would be useful, the Lessons From History offerings are the best course of action.

Anna Burton: Assistant General Manager, City of Los Angeles

The presentation on how lessons from the building and maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic are applicable for today's projects was outstanding. What was particularly useful was how you related the PMBOK knowledge areas to that project, and then discussed with our panelists the parallels that could then be drawn with our agency's projects. It was a perfect example of how, even on the best run projects, the results may be disastrous if shortcuts are taken in quality assurance and control.

Bob Morse, PMP: Chief, Cloud Technology and Hosting Office, US Courts