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Project Management Guidelines

Project management is the discipline of planning, organising, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives.

A project therefore has the following characteristics:

  1. Defined start and finish dates, costs and quality parameters
  2. Outcomes and deliverables
  3. A set of managed activities 
  4. Organisation structure, with defined responsibilities, to manage and ensure the quality of the project.
  5. Attribution of resources of some kind (financial, people etc.)

Together, these ensure that the people involved know what they are doing, when they are doing it by setting out clear lines of communication and reporting to support the management of expectations, time, cost and risk.

Project Management at the University of Adelaide

Projects and their management vary in size, complexity, impact and approach across the University. Whilst there are no mandated project management processes, the University has a number of minimum expectations of those developing and managing projects.

Projects involving infrastructure and technology have specific processes and procedures that contain the relevant elements of these guidelines and should be followed.

The requirements for research projects are in the main externally driven and in the majority of cases contain similar elements to those in these guidelines. However, it should be noted that there are circumstances where the implications of a project on the University will require specific management practices. The Research Branch offers a range of services and guidance materials.

The information contained within this site has been developed to outline basic expectations and provide further information to assist in not only the successful delivery of a project, but also to protect and enhance the University's reputation.