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Three Basic Project Management Principles
By Dr.Russell Archibald

One way to look at the project management discipline is to view it as consisting of these three basic principles:

  1. Assignment of integrative project responsibilities—the key integrative roles.
  2. Application of integrative and predictive project planning and control systems—the project documents, procedures, information processing and communication systems, and their application.
  3. Integrated project team-working—identifying, integrating, and managing the project team to integrate the efforts of all contributors to the project.

Dr. Russell D. Archibald, PhD (Hon), MSc, Fellow PMI and APM/IPMA, PMP, is one of the six founding members of the Project Management Institute. Now semi-retired, he has many years of management experience in engineering and operations with a variety of major US corporations in Europe and South America as well as the US. He has made major contributions to the understanding of project management, is author of the best selling 2003 book “Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects” (published also in Russian, Chinese, and Italian), has trained more than a thousand program and project managers and project specialists around the world, and has consulted in project management to clients in 14 countries on 4 continents. E-mail: russell_archibald@yahoo.com. Website: www.russarchibald.com.

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