It is very important for project managers to select and apply correct project management principles and methods to appropriate situations in order to reach success, as not every technique can work in certain cases. The general project management principles and techniques include the following essential actions (which comprise dozens of specific attitudes used in different cases):
- Project Scoping – defining the project profile and background, determining the character and scale of work to complete, and results to get produced. This action also includes the following project management principles processes and practice – composing and approving the Project charter (project objects and stakeholders), making WBS (creating working plan), PBS (product breakdown structure), etc (see more details in this Project Scope checklist);
- Project Scheduling – this is about determining the project’s timeframes, composing the project timeline and mapping out the calendar of working tasks & project deliverables. This practice comprises dozens of project management principles and methodologies that allow you to make your project schedules more flexible and prepared for unforeseen situations, so risk of project delay can be mitigated, etc (see details in this Project Schedule checklist).
Different project management principles and theories can be applied when you are using project management software to plan and control your projects, such as VIP Task Manager. This program can provide assistance on project management as it can be used by project planners and trackers for analyzing progress over the working plans in order to identify their evolution or defections in terms of time, costs, etc.
For effective managing your projects – do the following:
- start your project management software;
- organize your project on the Task Tree view in a manner suiting your needs;
- plan and schedule your project tasks in terms of their time, costs, etc;
- assign tasks to employees and track their performance;
- analyze results to know if your project meets the plan;