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Programme and project management principles

Last updated: 28 Jul 2021 - see all updates
Published: 14 May 2019

We have identified the following principles that all Scottish Government programmes and projects must adhere to.

14 May 2019
Programme and project management principles

The approach, tools and techniques used to address each principle should be proportionate to the scale and nature of the programme or project.


  • our approach to managing programmes and projects is proportionate, effective and consistent with recognised good practice

Business case

  • we secure a mandate for our work. We identify, record and evaluate our objectives and options for meeting them. We ensure that we secure and maintain management commitment to our selected approach

Roles and responsibilities

  • we assign clear roles and responsibilities to appropriately skilled and experienced people and ensure their levels of delegated authority are clearly defined


  • we record the benefits we seek, draw up a plan to deliver them and evaluate our success


  • we identify, understand, record and manage risks that could affect the delivery of benefits


  • we develop a plan showing when our objectives will be met and the steps towards achieving them, including appropriate assurance and review activities, and re-plan as necessary

Resource management

  • we identify the financial and other resources, inside and outside the organisation, required to meet our objectives

Stakeholder engagement

  • we identify those affected by our work and engage them throughout the process from planning to delivery


  • we ensure that the transition to business as usual maximises benefits and that operational delivery is efficient and effective


  • we record lessons from our programmes and projects and share them with others so they may learn from our experience

In addition to our 10 principles of programme and project management, we also advise consideration of the Project Delivery Functional Standard (July 2021) published by 



First published: 14 May 2019 Last updated: 28 Jul 2021 -