Successful CBPM Workshop!

WorkshopLast Saturday, May 17th, I held a day-long Commitment-Based Project Management (CBPM) workshop in Mountain View at Symantec’s facilities (thanks, Symantec!) We had 38 people in attendance and it was obvious the energy in the room as we discussed and role-played how to conduct a map day. At one point we were running almost two hours late (but we recovered)!


It is obvious to me that there’s a need, a desire for an easier and more effective way to manage projects. Life as a PM is challenging enough without adding all of the details and paperwork that sometimes we think we have to deal with (or someone insists we have to deal with it!)


CBPM handles a lot of the details by putting the responsibility where it belongs: with the people doing the work. By empowering the team and trusting them but having the necessary verification tools (i.e., deliverables matrix and PAC) a PM can easily monitor a project and be successful without being overwhelmed and overloaded with details.


This was the third workshop I’ve run (the two prior ones were at Symantec). I’m working on scheduling future ones. PMI Silicon Valley is already discussing when we should have the next one. Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management is also looking into their calendar to determine when we can run it. PMI Phoenix, San Francisco, and North Carolina have been approached. Do you want host a workshop in your company or group? Just let us know!


Jose Solera, MBA, PMP

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