Behavioral Dimension for Implementing PM principles

Behavioral Dimension for Implementing PM principles

Project oriented or projectized organizations introduce planning and control structures to connect projects with the strategic choices: from strategy to portfolio, from portfolio to program (or directly to project) and from programme to project.

Individuals involved in project,  program and portfolio have to be aware of these structures, guidelines and decision making processes existing within the permanent organization.

Understanding these project management principles and demonstrating the right behavior in project situations is more likely to enable individuals in project, program and portfolio to be more successful, but the pursuit of instant emotional gratification at the expense of long-term desires, and biases pose a barrier to optimal/obvious decision making. This is likely due to the way humans are wired as illustrated by Kurt Lewin’s heuristic Equation, B=ƒ(P,E), which states that Behavior is a function of the Person and his or her Environment.

Project oriented organizations together with individuals are always in a state of continous  transformation in order to realize the benefits of their initiatives (project,  program and portfolio).  To be successful as individuals and an organization, Self-reflection, self-management and competence development in the right environment is a factor that may enable individuals achieve the state of continuous improvement and readiness to deal with unforeseen risks, reap opportunities the future has in stock, and maximize benefit realization.

At our webinar we will share practical insights from participants, on their approaches that have worked, those that haven’t and why?

This competence manifests itself in the following actions:

  • Project management principles and guidelines are applied.
  • Program management principles and guidelines are applied.
  • Portfolio management principles and guidelines are applied.
  • Guidelines for reports, decisions and quality are followed.
  • Guidelines for personnel are followed.
  • Guidelines for financial management are followed.


IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (IPMA ICBv4).

Hermarij, J. (2016). Better Practices of Project Management 4th fully revised edition.