Risk Management—
Texas Hold’em Tactics for the Project Manager

Keynote Speech by Dr. James Brown

Texas Hold’em has seen an explosion in popularity since the World Poker Championships have been featured on TV. Part of this popularity is the easiness of the game to learn, the rush of winning, and the luck factor that is involved. Playing the game is simple. Winning consistently is not simple. The winning Texas Hold’em player has two tactics that project managers must also have to be successful.

  • Ability to make probabilistic assessments
  • Ability to read human behavior as it responds to risk

Just like the Texas Hold’em player, project managers must deal with uncertainty and work with humans. This keynote presentation will provide the project manager with tips for probabilistic assessments and an understanding of human behavior as it specifically relates to risk.

To quote Texas Hold’em player Anthony Bee, from Important Concepts in Limit Holdem, “This means being able to recognize profitable situations and exploit them to the full. It also means avoiding unprofitable situations and therefore costly mistakes.” Could Anthony Bee have been talking about project management?

What Others Are Saying

Very engaging plus informative. Dr. Brown has a wonderful way of tying in life events and recognizable situations to project management practices."

— K. Bersch
HSBC

Dr. Brown cuts through the daily BS to actionable/call it like it is lessons to take back to our company for improving our projects."

— N. Halpert
Mid Atlantic Convenience Stores

Excellent! Don't often have the opportunity to laugh in this business."

— L. Houser
HP

The presentation style was easy to follow and understand. Great sense of humor, I actually forgot I was learning anything. Dr. Brown was very funny and made it easy to learn and want to learn."

— S. Hankley
Southern States Cooperative

Very interactive and inspiring."

— R. Harrriat
CenturyLink

Great presentation! Put common project management challenges in a different light that was easy to apply to the real world."

— J. Bergman
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Invaluable Tactics."

— S. Chainani
Medline

This was one of the most candid, "real" presentations on project management and leadership I have enjoyed in the past twenty years in the industry. THANK YOU!”

— W. Rabon
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Excellent and entertaining. Great information in an easy to understand format.”

D. Newton
El Paso Corp.

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