Precepts of Project Management

by David J. Kerkes, Senior Project Manager; Golder Associates, Houston,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 9, Pg. 70-72

Document Type: Feature article


Considering the importance of project management to the practice of consulting engineering and the fact that most engineers are expected to be able to manage projects at some point in their careers, it is surprising that so little formal attention is given to the matter. Either it is assumed that project management requires no particular skills, or that engineers will somehow develop whatever skills may be necessary on their own. In truth, good project managers do possess very definite skills and they often follow certain procedures. This article identifies 12 basic elements of good project management and offers some explanations as to why these elements are so important. The suggestions for effective project management are steeped in common sense and trace back to planning, communication and coordination.

Subject Headings: Project management | Consulting services | Professional development | Managers

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