Thursday Keynote

Leadership Under Stress: Exploring Project Failure at NASA

On Thursday, we are excited to feature this captivating keynote speaker, with his compelling insights directly relevant to the practice and business of a law firm. Prepare to be highly engaged and glad you were there to hear this incredible perspective. In the year in which we celebrate fifty years since putting a man on the moon, Stephen Carver, Senior Lecturer in Project and Programme Management at Cranfield School of Management, will take us on a journey through NASA’s intense organisational and project management challenges, up to and beyond those pivotal “Go/No Go” decisions that happened the night before a space launch. Stephen will speak about the exposure of NASA’s shortcomings leading to failures. He will connect how these failures and innovations can be implemented in law firm technology projects.


Stephen Carver

Senior Lecturer in Project and Programme Management

Cranfield School of Management, United Kingdom

About Stephen Carver

Prior to Cranfield University, Stephen worked on projects for the oil business and at Virgin before working directly for a global CEO as head of Project & Programme Management Strategy. He has experience of Project and Programme Management in almost all business sectors from banks to oil and from construction to law firms.

Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales. He has lectured worldwide and has worked with civilian and military organisations in the field of risk analysis and safety.

He has a reputation of taking complex management concepts such as Project, Programme Change and Crisis Management and being able to distil them down, into highly informative and fun lectures - often using “storytelling” techniques.