Another list from my first day at my project management fundamentals course: The Ten Commandments for Successful Project Management. These are basic tenets to control and manage a project.
- Set a goal.
- Determine the project objectives.
- Establish checkpoints, activities, relationships, and time estimates.
- Draw a picture of the project schedule.
- Direct people individually and as a project team.
- Reinforce the commitment and excitement of the project team.
- Keep everyone connected with the project informed.
- Build agreements that vitalize team members.
- Empower yourself and others on the project team.
- Encourage risk taking and creativity.
It looks like this list may originally come from a book called Checkered Flag Projects by W. Alan Randolph and Barry Z. Posner, which is preview-able partially at Google Books. The book goes into a chapter worth of detail for each point.
A ComputerWorld article has an alternative view of the Ten Commandments for Successful Project Management. My favorite: II: Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Fat Team.