Project Management e-Course

Project Management is a vital skill for all employees within their organisation. This is emphasised by the sentiment of MC Botha: Head of the Post-graduate Diploma in Project Management at Stenllenbosch Univesity Business School:

“Africa is facing a critical development phase and is, as the World Bank says, on the eve of an economic explosion. The need for skilled project managers to successfully complete various types of projects, ranging from small projects and partnership projects to mega government projects, in diverse business sectors will only continue to grow in the foreseeable future. "In many organisations, those involved in various sectors of the business have silently slipped into the unofficial role of project manager. Pressure from stakeholders, scope creep, poor planning, lack of formal training and undefined processes – all combine to increase the probability of project failure! Resulting in increased cost, time wastage and low employee morale. 

Therefore, use the Project Management e-Course to plan, lead, and deliver successful projects.



Module 2: Building a project plan

ISO standards on project management

1. Introduction

The ISO (the International Organisation for Standardisation) is an international association of national standards bodies (ISO member bodies). The ISO technical committees is responsible for preparing international standards. Each member with a technical committee has the right to be presented.

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) acts as the member for South Africa. SABS enhances South African competitiveness. For more information on SABS, click here:

2. Scope of Application

The ISO Standard (21500:2012) provides guidance on project management and can be used by any type of organisation, including public, private or community organisations, and for any type of project, regardless the difficulty, scope or period.

The ISO Standard (21500:2012) provides the project manager with high-level description of the concepts and processes that are considered as good practice.

Benefits of ISO Standards in the organisation:

  1. Enabling of knowledge management between projects and organisations resulting in effective project delivery;
  2. Facilitating well-organised tendering processes through using consistent project management terminology;
  3. Enables organisations to organise their project management processes and systems;
  4. Facilitating the flexibility of project management employees and their ability to work on international projects; and
  5. Providing a framework for project management generic principles and processes that could be built upon for the advancement of the project management profession.

3. What is international standards?

Electrotechnical standards are internationally coordinated by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Click here for a pocket guide to the ISO Standard (21500:2012):

Please select the correct option:

When critically evaluating your project management process, the ISO Standards (21500:202) could be used as a guidance for:

  • Providing a framework for project management generic principles and processes that could be built upon for the advancement of the project management profession.
  • Providing a framework to safeguard your knowledge to enhance their competitive advantage.
  • Providing a framework for time management principles and processes.
  • Providing a framework of poor principles to avoid during project management