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Bare Knuckled Project Management: How to Succeed at Every Project Paperback – May 17, 2013
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About the Author
TONY GRUEBL is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, professional project manager, and president of Think Systems, Inc. JEFF WELCH is a technical executive and solutions architect, instructor, speaker, and professional project manager.
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Bare knuckled Project Management came out of the author's experience in rescuing big complex failed projects. The underlying focus of the book is how to effectively manage the people involved to accomplish project's mission. It is a change from typical project management books which details on the process and the metrics. This book is a must read ( and it is a easy read) if you would like to understand how to work with sponsors and project teams, manage conflicts within the team, and motivate the team.
While there is no single recipe for success, this book definitely will teach you to get sponsors, customers, team members, project managers on the same train.
Sheila Tomlinson, PMP, BSAC & Owner
STratagem-Project Services, LLC
This was the first project management related book that I have read where I truly felt the authors understood the realities of projects, people, process and organizational culture. The book also uses pop culture references which not only adds humor but helps the reader quickly relate the concept to something that is familiar facilitating the quick understanding and embracing of the text
I cannot say enough good things. My wish is that more people in our field would read and become enlightened by this movement called BKPM.
Most noteworthy is the three sided table (roles of customer/sponsor, BKPM and team) and how this dynamic is crucial to project success. Additionally, the information on risk and conflict management is especially helpful. I gained a new perspective from this book and it opened my eyes to new and better ways to achieve success in managing projects which I will apply on projects.
The authors introduce a system to increase project accountability and control by redistributing traditional project management roles and responsibilities. Gruebl and Welch have refined project management leadership through years of experience to effectively challenge champions and teams with a measured degree of stress, unease, instability and unpredictability as a catalyst to ensure delivery of breakthrough solutions. Champions receive pushback and teams are driven to dig deeper, confront challenges and deliver timely and substantial solutions.
Don't let the book's size or simple layout fool you. The authors present a compelling argument for a fundamental change in the way corporate and government executives and management pursue value. The message is powerful and often over looked or simply ignored. Fundamental rules of human behavior trump PMBOK, Agile and the like.
This book is long overdue. Read it.