What Does The Art of War has to do with Project Management?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle” – Sun Tzu in The Art of War.

This famous quote from more than two thousand years old military classic, The Art of War, has been applied to business as much as warfare in modern times. PMBOK®, the Project Management Body of Knowledge, published by PMI®, is an international standard recognized worldwide for enabling professionals and organizations to deliver value.



Project Management Battlefield


When you combine time-tested military strategy with contemporary business practices, you can enhance your understanding of your environment and succeed repeatedly. Learn the same philosophy as that of major companies, professional sports teams, and even world military powers to enhance your own career and help your business succeed. Not only does Project Management Battlefield clarify and enhance the processes and ideas found in PMBOK® it also includes a free copy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.



Project Management Battlefield draws parallels between PMBOK® and The Art of War. It compares each knowledge area and process propounded in PMBOK® with Sun Tzu’s strategic thinking found in The Art of War. While This book is most useful to experienced project managers & senior executives, Project Management Battlefield will introduce The Art of War to younger project managers and team leaders too.

contemporary project manager’s job has striking similarities to a military commander’s job. Rather than view the ancient text and the modern management framework as distinct guides, follow the author as he clearly explains how both frameworks actually support each other to support successful endeavors. This helps clarify both the ancient text and the contemporary project management body of knowledge.