Project management PRMG


The management of projects to meet identified business needs.

Guidance notes

Activities include - but not limited to...

  • acquiring and utilising the necessary resources and skills, within agreed parameters of cost, timescales, and quality.
  • the adoption and adaptation of project management methodologies based on the context of the project selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • review lessons learned from previous projects and recording lessons learned from current projects.
  • ensuring that projects are formally closed and, where appropriate, subsequently reviewed, and that lessons learned are updated

An understanding of project size and complexity is important for the project management skill. This is highly dependent on the organisation but for guidance...

  • complex projects typically have significant business, political, high-profile impact, and/or high-risk dependencies
  • medium scale projects typically have direct business impact and firm deadlines
  • small projects have typically short duration, limited budget, limited interdependency with other projects, and no significant strategic impact

Project management: Level 7


Sets organisational strategy governing the direction and conduct of project management, including selection and application of methodologies. Authorises the management of large scale projects. Leads project planning, scheduling, controlling and reporting activities for strategic, high impact, high risk projects. Manages risk and ensures that ensures that the treatment of risks and issues are implemented in line with change control policy.

Project management: Level 6


Takes full responsibility for the definition, documentation and successful completion of complex projects. Adopts and adapts project management methods and tools. Ensures that effective project monitoring and control processes, change control, risk management and testing processes are employed and maintained. Monitors and controls resources, revenue and capital expenditures against the project budget. Manages the expectations of key project stakeholders.

Project management: Level 5


Takes full responsibility for the definition, approach, facilitation and satisfactory completion of medium-scale projects. Assesses and manages risk effectively. Ensures that realistic project plans are maintained and ensures regular and accurate communication to stakeholders. Adopts appropriate project management methods and tools. Ensures project and product quality reviews occur on schedule and according to procedure. Manages the change control process and ensures that project deliverables are completed within agreed cost, timescale and resource budgets, and and are formally accepted, by appropriate stakeholders. Provides effective leadership to the project team. Monitors costs, times, quality and resources used and takes action where performance deviates from agreed tolerances.

Project management: Level 4


Defines, documents and carries out small projects or sub-projects. Works alone or with a small team actively participating in all phases of the project. Identifies, assesses and manages risks effectively. Applies appropriate project management methods and tools. Agrees project approach with stakeholders and prepares realistic project plans (including scope, schedule, quality, risk and communication plans). Tracks activities against the project schedule, managing stakeholder involvement as appropriate. Monitors costs, times, quality and resources used takes action where these exceed agreed tolerances.