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12 Rules for Project Management | Video

12 Rules for Project Management | Video

Does Project Management have rules? Well, not really. But this set of Project Management rules is valuable guidance to all of us. So, take a look at my 12 rules for Project Management and let me know yours, in the comments below.

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We start with something that is not a rule, but a prediction:

Failing to Plan is the same as Planning to Fail

President Eisenhower said:

‘In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.’

He was riffing on an earlier quote from Helmuth von Moltke:

‘No Plan Survives Contact with the Enemy’

Here are my 12 Rules:

  1. Save your arguments about what a project is for the coffee shop. Focus on the characteristics of what needs to be done.
  2. The one thing a Project Manager craves, above all else, is control
  3. Scoping is the most difficult part of Project Management
  4. You can please all of your stakeholders some of the time, and some of your stakeholders all of the time; but you can’t please all of your stakeholders all of the time
  5. Projects would be easy if it weren’t for the people
  6. Stakeholders will determine the success, or not, of your project
  7. Milestones are your best friends
  8. Shift Happens! things change
  9. Fizzing bombs will explode if you don’t deal with them
  10. An absentee project manager is a contradiction in terms
  11. If it isn’t right, it isn’t finished (not: if it isn’t perfect…)
  12. The level of attention to details can often make the difference between success and failure

Please use the comments to tell me what Project Management rules you like to live by…

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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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