Five Project Action Principles
I believe that we need a set of higher-order principles that stand outside the day-to-day processes we may use, and which guide people to align productively around a clear end-goal and determine a delivery approach. These principles need to be more than generic imperatives (e.g. “communicate better” or “be a self-governing team”) but must be purpose-designed for project delivery. They must be able to directly enable project actions and outcomes.
I have defined five “Project Action Principles” to this end. More details are available by following the headline link, or “How to Use the 5 Principles”.
Each of the above principles is expanded in a dedicated article. See “Additional Resources” at the end of this article.
As you begin to use these 5 Project Action Principles to guide your project management practice, you will spend less time on negative, entropy-focused processes, and more on positive, value-creating tasks.
You don’t need to abandon your current project management knowledge base to use these principles if you are skilled or feel comfortable in their use. Understanding and using the Project Action Principles will guide you to better and more efficiently use those tools; plus, it will provide you opportunities to identify and use new or different tools.
Check out the details of these Project Action Principles in the individual overview articles, and other resources on this site.
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