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Project Management Best Practice

March 12, 2013

Many companies undertake projects, but my best clients do so in a professional, controlled way.

ISO 21500: 2012 provides best practice guidance to achieve business results through improved project success.

This new standard offers a better understanding of key principles to support management and establish a common basis on which to compare project standards and practices with those of others.

Project management differs from other management disciplines by the temporary and unique nature of projects. Generally, this work may be categorized as either operations or projects. These differ primarily as follows:

  • Operations are performed by relatively stable teams through ongoing and repetitive processes and are focused on sustaining the organisation;
  • Projects are performed by temporary teams, are non-repetitive and provide unique deliverables.

BS ISO 21500:2012 allows you to:

  • Achieve organizational strategy
  • Grasp successful project management skills
  • Increase opportunity evaluation and project initiation
  • Meet project goals and key objectives
  • Develop competencies in management principles and processes

Every project team requires competent individuals who are capable of applying their knowledge and experience to deliver key objectives. Any identified gap between the available and required competence levels on a project team can introduce risk and should therefore be addressed.

This International Standard can be used by any type of organisation, including public, private or community organizations, and for any type of project, irrespective of complexity, size or duration.

Do you manage projects? If so, consider using the latest best practice. Contact me for more details.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2013 1:28 pm

    But what of PRINCE2?

    • March 12, 2013 1:31 pm

      What about it?! I don’t think it’s always relevant & often too complicated for the the project. Give me practical, common-sense best-practice anytime.

  2. March 13, 2013 11:13 am

    The full analysis ( ) of the ISO21500 and PMBOK5th shows that are very close.

  3. March 16, 2013 5:57 pm

    Hi Alistair,

    This post will be appreciated by many project managers, and that’s why I would like to republish it on PM Hut under the best practices category (here: ). PM Hut receives many visitors/day.

    Please either email me or contact me through the contact us form on the PM Hut website in case you’re OK with this.

    Thanks for sharing!

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