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

Principles of Bare Knuckled Project Management: how to succeed at every project


“When the going gets tough, they call for the sons of bitches! — Admiral Ernest King (attributed) It’s a sad fact that most projects fail — as many as 70% according to one well known study. Those failed projects cost billions of dollars. You’ve hired certified project managers and implemented project management techniques, and yet you still don’t have the success you need. BARE KNUCKLED PROJECT MANAGEMENT (BKPM) has the answer. Of course, there are lots of management philosophies that tell you that if you just follow a few simple rules, you’ll have perfect results. But it’s never that simple, and we know it. The bare-knuckled approach to project management is all about the people. Anybody can swing a bat, but that doesn’t mean anybody can be a major leaguer. It’s all about the person. It takes talent, temperament, training, experience, and aptitude to achieve greatness. And make no mistake, for great projects, you need a great project manager — someone who isn’t afraid to do what it takes to get the job done. You need a Bare-Knuckled Project Manager, someone not afraid to ruffle a few feathers, make hard decisions, and speak unpleasant truths to people who don’t always want to hear bad news.

In this presentation, you’ll learn:

  • The key reasons projects fail, and the simple steps needed to avoid the most common mistakes.
  • How the “three sided table” approach empowers project managers, customers, and teams to do excellent work.
  • How to become a Bare-Knuckled Project Manager, and how to groom others.
  • How to handle conflict and communication like a pro.
  • How the “Kranz Dictum” that saved NASA’s Apollo Program can save your most troubled projects.
  • How to transform the organization using the Bare Knuckle approach.

You’ll experience the “no nonsense” approach to project management: what matters, what doesn’t, and how to tell the difference. BARE KNUCKLED PROJECT MANAGEMENT is the one guide you need to achieve real project results!


Tony Gruebl

Tony is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, has over 20 years of experience in managing teams, leading technology deployments, and evaluating and improving business processes, and is President of Think Systems (Think).  He is a seasoned OLAP, BI, and Learning Technology application implementer. Tony’s book, Bare Knuckled Project Management (BKPM), explains how the corporate PMO can be transformed into a special forces team of project executives. Before founding Think, he held positions as VP and COO of various firms in and out of the BI industry.

Tony has trained hundreds of corporate project managers on how to improve their performance using the simple, direct, and effective principles of BKPM.


Morgan State University, Earl Graves School of Business

4100 Hillen Road, Baltimore 21218

Board Room - 4th floor, Room 412


11:30 AM - Check-in, networking, and lunch*

*Meal cost $15

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Presentation

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

Event Properties

Event Date 05-24-2017 11:30 am
Event End Date 05-24-2017 1:00 pm
Registration Start Date 05-03-2017 1:00 am
Cut off date 05-24-2017 1:00 pm
Individual Price Non Member Price
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Group Rate

#Registrants Rate/Person(USD)
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