The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management considers 40 brief lessons that these great men have bestowed upon us. It is the author’s opinion that the job of president of the United States requires a lot of the same strengths and characteristics needed by both project managers and executive sponsors. Most projects need both a strong, skilled executive sponsor and a project manager (or if an organization follows an agile methodology such as Scrum, then a Scrum master and product owner); and both positions can learn from our dead presidents.
“The people are the government” said Andrew Jackson.
“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one,” said George Washington.
“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” said James Madison.
"A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue”, said James Monroe.
“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy,” said John Adams.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”, said John Quincy Adams.
“I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men” said Martin Van Buren.
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past,” said Thomas Jefferson.