Golden rules of project management

From 'engaging with your stakeholders early and often' to 'talking to everybody, all the time,' a number of senior practitioners and industry leaders have provided input on what they see as the 'Golden rules of project management'. APM has spoken to over 100 project professionals to discover what mantra they live by that helps to increase the likelihood of project delivery success. 

Stakeholder management

Project stakeholder management is the systematic identification, analysis, planning and implementation of actions designed to engage with stakeholders. Stakeholders are individuals or groups with an interest in the project, programme or portfolio because they are involved in the work or affected by the outcomes. Stakeholder management is a set of techniques that harnesses the positive influences and minimises the effect of the negative influences. 

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Communication 

Communication is the means by which information or instructions are exchanged. Successful communication occurs when the received meaning is the same as the transmitted meaning. Communication is fundamental to the P3 environment. Poor communication can lead to misunderstood requirements, unclear goals, alienation of stakeholders, ineffective plans and many other factors that will cause a project, programme or portfolio to fail. For more information on communication techniques, click here.

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Knowledge management

Knowledge management is the systematic management of information and learning. It turns personal information and experience into collective knowledge that can be widely shared throughout an organisation and a profession. Organisations need to capture knowledge and experience, optimise their usefulness and make them available to improve decision making. Knowledge management underpins organisational learning and maturity. 

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