CBPM Course 1: Creating Agile and Accountable Project Teams

Creating Agile and Accountable Project Teams
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state in simple terms what CBPM is and is not
list CBPM's 3 simple planning rules and 3 simple monitoring rules
distinguish between performative and descriptive language
facilitate effective requests, and strong personal commitments
decide if they would benefit by proceeding to CBPM Course 2


  • As an introductory course there are no pre-requisites
  • A little previous experience working on organized projects will help


Traditional project management techniques are no longer keeping up with the speed and sophistication needed to succeed in today's fast-paced world. Software development has been shifting to "Agile" project methods for about a decade now, but very few projects are purely about software. Commitment-Based Project Management (CBPM) is an Agile project management method that can be applied in any project environment.

CBPM evolved in the mid-1990's to help high tech teams that absolutely needed to meet aggressive deadlines. It has since been used with success on a very diverse range of projects. There are two key differences between CBPM and other project management approaches: 1) CBPM focuses on deliverables vs tasks at all levels of organization to ensure clear expectations and leave room for innovation, and 2) CBPM teaches a slight shift in the language used to plan and monitor projects to help teams operate from strong deliverable commitments to each other.

Team members like CBPM because it is participative and creates greater clarity and transparency about what is going on on projects. Teams that follow CBPM, have a greater sense of control and avoid painful "panic mode" down the stretch. Project Managers like CBPM because it facilitates more responsibility and accountability from all team members and because when used correctly, it prevents painful surprises and rework.

The instructor, Timm Esque, is an award winning author and consultant who along with others created this approach to projects and has been helping teams use it since 1996. Timm has been cited as an expert on performance under pressure in the Wall Street Journal. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters, 3 books, and has presented or consulted in over 15 different countries.

As Managing Partner of Ensemble Management Consulting, Timm is hoping to use these Udemy courses to get the word out about CBPM and create a broader community of CBPM practitioners.

This first course is an introduction suitable to anyone who has experience working on or leading projects at any level. It contains about 45 minutes of lectures. There are some reflection questions and a couple activities designed to give you a sense of how CBPM is different. The purpose of the first course is to provide an introduction to CBPM and help you decide if it would make sense to continue to Course 2. However, it will also point you to other CBPM resources, several of which are free online.

If you decide to continue to the second CBPM Course on Udemy, you will learn a new structure, language and techniques for running regular status review meetings. Those who implement these techniques should see very quickly how CBPM can add value to your current practices, and help any team be more productive and more predictable.

Those who learn to implement CBPM fully, can earn performance-based CBPM certifications, offered by Ensemble in partnership with the International Society of Performance Improvement.

Who this course is for:

  • This is an introductory course. Anyone who has responsibility for others on project teams, or thinks they might have this responsibility in the future, can benefit from this course.
  • Taking this course will help you determine if you are in the target audience for CBPM Course 2.


Helps high stakes teams do what they say they will do
Timm Esque
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Timm J. Esque is a dedicated student of management practices and an internationally known thought leader on performance improvement and project management. Since 1996, Timm has been helping high stakes project teams do what they say they are going to do, leading to faster delivery of higher quality products at lower cost. Many if not most technical projects at Intel Corporation (where Timm worked for 15 years) still begin with a project planning technique Timm helped develop called “Map Day”.

Timm is co-Founder and Managing Partner of Ensemble Management Consulting, whose clients include some the world's fastest and most valuable global corporations, as well as small and medium sized businesses. Timm’s work with project teams has been featured in Product Development Best Practices Report and Training Magazine. He has been cited as an expert on performance under pressure in the Wall Street Journal and quoted in many other publications.

Timm frequently presents and publishes his findings. He has published over 50 articles and chapters in a variety of publications. He was a regular essayist for ISPI's Performance Journal from 1997-2002. Timm’s book No Surprises Project Management: A Proven Early Warning System for Staying on Track (ACT Publishing, 1999) describes in detail the commitment-based approach to project management. He has authored an award winning book on management in general called Making an Impact: Building a Top Performing Organization from the Bottom Up (CEP Press, 2001) and edited a third book called Getting Results (HRD Press, 1998). His most recent article is "Motivation 3.0: A User's Guide", due to come out in a special issue of PI Journal in 2015.

Timm and his team enjoy traveling and working with different cultures. Timm has taught, consulted or presented to project managers in Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, China, Cyprus, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Korea, Macedonia, the Philippines, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, the UK and across the United States.

Timm is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) and a former Board Director for the International Society of Performance Improvement. Timm received his B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University in 1981 and his MEd in Educational Technology from Arizona State University in 1985. He was lead developer of the Masters of Technology Management curriculum for the University of Phoenix, and is a Master Trainer of the Chain Gang Simulation for improving individual and team productivity.

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