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Timonium Dinner Meeting - Unlocking Culture for Greater Project Management Effectiveness in the Age of Agile

PMI Baltimore Chapter – Timonium Site Dinner Meeting

This educational event qualifies for 1.00 PDU within the PMI Talent Triangle - Strategic

Unlocking Culture for Greater Project Management Effectiveness in the Age of Agile



When Think started consulting in operations in 2003, it entered an industry with a massive 68% project fail rate that kept sliding downward. Why would a system with such a dismal record continue unchanged? Even then, fifteen years ago, the founders knew that something was missing. Something was off balance.

Tony, with partners Jeff Welch and Bryan Wolbert, looked at the Triple Constraint Model and found the parameters of time, cost, and scope/quality left out the critical component of business value. They determined that the true purpose of operations is adding value to the company.  

They looked at the value of individual initiatives as the primary indicator for whether to move forward or not and advocated for free exchange of information from the board room to the conference room, so the true value equation was known.  Strategic Alignment was also a factor. Only initiatives in alignment with the company’s purpose and goals were worth pursuing.  With the goal of capturing the maximum Business Value they softened the walls of the Iron Triangle. To capture more value, the time, cost and scope must adjust as opportunity demands. They developed the concept of the three-sided table and gave more ownership to project leaders.  They adapted to empower Agile and counter those who rejected project management.

They turned to the human element and focused on improving teams, identifying key traits of high achievers, learning how to train them in Limbic Learning and building truly world class groups of operators.   Effectiveness acted as currency. Effective people carried weight that could alter the course of events within the company.  

However, on occasion, even effectiveness currency wasn’t enough. Push too hard and some felt a recoil that could land them on the sidewalk, regardless if they were the Chairman of the Board or the CEO.   Why?  Some force held everything within an invisible framework, like the glass on an aquarium. Finally, they got it. That glass was culture.  See it clearly and you’ll be empowered.  Ignore it and 68% of the time, you’ll go down with the ship. 

In this presentation, I’ll share the journey that every project manager must take to recognize and use culture as a tool to finally unlock project success.

PRESENTER: Tony Gruebl

Tony is founder and President of Think and is coauthor of Bare Knuckled Project Management (BKPM); how to succeed at every project, available on Amazon and Smashwords.   He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and former COO and VP, with 25 years of operationally focused experience in and around technology, especially Business Intelligence.  Tony has functioned as a fractional COO for clients, managed many teams, led hundreds of technology deployments, crafted effective, outsourced PMOs for customers, and improved the business processes of dozens of companies.


Liberatore's Ristorante
9515 Deereco Rd
Lutherville-Timonium MD, 21093


5:30PM - 6:15PM - Check-in and networking
*We will be highlighting any people hiring and those that are looking.
6:15PM - 7:00PM  Dinner
 *Meal: Buffet with a meat, pasta and vegetarian selection 
7:00PM - 8:00PM - Presentation and Q&A


$39  PMI Baltimore Chapter Member

$41 Non-Member Price (PMI Members of other Chapters use Discount Code PMI-Other)

Groups of 5 or more receive $2 discount

NOTE:  No refunds, credits will be given for an upcoming event

Event Properties

Event Date 03-19-2020 5:30 pm
Event End Date 03-19-2020 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 01-24-2020
Cut off date 03-17-2020 5:30 pm
Individual Price $39 Member Price; $41 Non-Member Price
No. of Strategic PDUs 1.0
PMI Event Number C078-201900516
Location (Click link for address) Liberatore's Ristorante

Group Rate

#Registrants Rate/Person($)
5 41.00
6 41.00
7 41.00