Mastering Project Management Principles with Klaus Nielsen

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to:

  • Summarize the “what” and “why” of project management principles. 
  • Outline how our behavior might be aligned with the intent of the principles.
  • Apply the project management principles in various contexts, being predictive, adaptive, or hybrid.


Some might say principles are the fundamental underlying truths and beliefs that form the foundation of our knowledge and values, guiding our actions. That means everything can be reduced to a set of principles or rules, or official and unofficial laws or guidelines. A quote from The London Sunday Times stated “So, follow that principle and you won't go far wrong.”

During the development of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition, which introduces project management principles, there were many long discussions about what project management principles are and why there is a need to govern project management by principles. These are just some of the questions we will address in this training.

If project management principles are so important for high performance, how do we, as project managers and team members, encompass the project management principles? And what are the real benefits? 

Most practitioners experience project management principles from the PMBOK® Guide, and other PMI standards, whether they work in predictive, hybrid, or adaptive. Disciplined Agile® (DA™) also introduces the principle of “be awesome.” This training aims to diagnose the various principles and determine how to get the best value out of them.

This training uses an engaging format with a variety of exercises and discussions where we will cover the topics illustrated, provide a lot of good ideas, possibly a solution or two, and also have fun.



    • Introduction
    • What is a Project Management Principle?
    • Why Govern Project Management by Principles?
    • What are the Project Management Principles?
    • How to Align Our Principles (WHY) to Our Actions (WHAT)
    • How to Ensure Our Behavior (WHAT) is Aligned With the Intent of the Principles (WHY)
    • What are the Benefits of Being Principle-Driven or Aligned?
    • Are Principles for Project Management a Universal Proposition or Framework-Driven?
    • Are the Project Management Principles Universal for Predictive, Agile, or Hybrid?
    • Summary

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMI-CP™ / PMP® / PgMP® 0 7 0 7.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 7 0 7.00
PMI-SP® 0 7 0 7.00
PMI-RMP® 0 7 0 7.00
PfMP® 0 7 0 7.00
PMI-PBA® 0 7 0 7.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Klaus Nielsen

Klaus Nielsen is managing partner in Global Business Development, an organization specialized in organizational project, program and portfolio management for private and government organizations across the Nordic region.

Mr. Nielsen has more than 20 years of professional experience within project management where he is deeply involved in his various IT projects/programs on a day-to-day basis. The projects/programs range from agile project/transformations to traditional projects/programs in the 20+ million US dollar budget range. When not involved in actual projects/programs, Klaus is a veteran PMI certifications prep courses trainer and teaches at the IT University of Copenhagen in project, program and portfolio management.

He is a seasoned degree holder from various universities such as Cambridge University (UK) and The IT University of Copenhagen, he also has two MBAs from recognized American universities. Klaus also holds more than 30 professional certifications within this field.

He is the author of the books I am Agile; Mastering the Business Case, Achieve Business Analysis Certification and Agile Certified Practitioner Exam, and the writer of several PMI articles such as “The Business Case,” “Product and Process,” “Project Management – Fast and Slow,“ “The Next Level of Big Visible Charts,” and “Software Estimation Using a Combination of Techniques.”

Training Information

20 November 2024
Start Time
8:00 AM
1 Day


Member Price
(US$705.00 before 7 October)
Nonmember Price
(US$910.00 before 7 October)
Government Price
Student Price

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