Project Management Principles

            The Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) provides a comprehensive structure for addressing the scope of project management activities.   However, there is a need to provide extra emphasis in certain areas, so the project manager is not simply confronted by an overwhelming list of techniques, clearly excessive for some project environments.  Successful project management is better achieved by the intelligent application of sound principles, than by merely implementing a long list of standard techniques. 

Project management principles are most often learned from experience, and they have universal validity for all projects.   It is up to you to apply them intelligently to your project.  I would rather trust a project manager who deeply believed in these principles and acted on them, than one who had simply learned the entire scope of project management techniques.  It is a matter of emphasis.  Principle Based Project Management begins with these principles:

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