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:
- Express a general or fundamental truth, a basic concept.
- 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.
- 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:
- Be universal to all areas of project management application.
- Be capable of straight forward expression in one or two sentences.
- Be self-evident to experienced project management personnel, and
- Carry a concise label reflecting its content.