First Principles of Project Management
Introduction | Definitions | Criteria | Principles | Discussion

Criteria for Establishing a First Principle

To identify a set of 'First Principles of Project Management' we must set criteria for their acceptance or exclusion. The following criteria are proposed.

A First Principle of Project Management must:

  1. Express a general or fundamental truth, a basic concept.
  2. Make for a high probability of project success as defined above. The corollary is that the absence of the condition will render project success on a majority of the key criteria as being highly improbable.
  3. Provide the basis for establishing logical processes and supporting practices that can be proven through research, analysis and practical testing.

In addition and ideally, a First Principle should:

  1. Be universal to all areas of project management application.
  2. Be capable of straight forward expression in one or two sentences.
  3. Be self-evident to experienced project management personnel, and
  4. Carry a concise label reflecting its content.


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