What are some basic project management principles?

PROJECT MANAGEMENT   |   1 minute  |   March 16, 2017

Are you interested in learning some basic project management principles central to the operations of the project management industry?

The commitment principle, for example, dictates that an equitable and mutually acceptable commitment between the project manager and the project delivery team must exist before a project can be considered feasible. There must be an integrated plan that outlines the action required to reach the deciding goal.

Watch this 1-minute video where Patrick Browning, Head Tutor of the University of Cape Town Advanced Project Management online short course, addresses some more basic project management principles including the success principle, process principle, life-cycle principle and supportive cultural principle. These are the kinds of tools you can expect to explore in this UCT online project management course.

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The Success Principle: The goal of project management is to produce a successful product, or service, or result. Without achieving a successful product, service or result, there is no value in incurring the project management overhead cost.

The Commitment Principle: A mutually acceptable commitment must exist between a project sponsor, project manager and a project team before a project can be considered as viable. There must be an integrated plan that outlines the action required in order to reach the goal.

The Process Principle: Effective and efficient policies and procedures and methods must be in place in order to give effect to the project commitment.

The Life-Cycle Principle: Plan first, then do. These two sequential activities form the basis of every project life-cycle

Supportive cultural principle: There should be informed and supportive management that delegate appropriate authority to the project manager and who provide a supportive cultural environment to enable the project team to produce its best work.