Tony Gruebl and Jeff Welch of Think Systems were invited to present a Bare Knuckled Project Management lecture and lab to students attending a class on Project Management, conducted by Jim Kucher, D.P.A., Assistant Professor, Brown School of Business and Leadership, Stevenson University.
In this 3-hour evening class, university seniors were introduced to the principles and concepts of BKPM and the level of control that top project management consultants need to exhibit when working at C-suite levels inside companies. In the lecture portion of the class, Tony walked students through the state of the industry and dismal project success rate that is commonly reported by industry watchdogs like the Standish Group (approximately 68% of projects fail at some level). Jeff introduced the students to the BKPM discipline of leveraging limbic learning to hack their brain and change their instinctive reactions to project management stresses and planning scenarios.
For a hands-on collaborative class component, students were run through several sessions of a project scenario in order to have them experience how BKPM principles and frameworks would allow them to get on top of and maintain control using Think’s Rapid Control Process. In these live-fire scenarios, students experienced just a taste of how project managers need to use tools to fight instinctive responses to stress and to maintain control. It was magical to explain neuroscientific concepts of our brain’s system 1 and system 2 (Kahneman) and then have the students experience the great mind eraser of stress where analysis and information recall practically vanish. By demonstrating these human traits and tying them to critical phases of project management, these students learned how to truly and rapidly take advantage of project management experience they will soon have.
The faculty and students at Stevenson couldn’t have been better collaborators for this classroom experience and Think can’t wait to be invited back again. Perhaps someday we’ll hire some of this young talent.