BS 6079 - Project Management

BS 6079:2019

Project management. Principles and guidance for the management of projects

Status : Current   Published : April 2019



What is this standard about?

This British Standard sets out principles and guidance on how to sponsor, direct and manage projects to achieve desired project outcomes efficiently and effectively. It also improves an organization’s project management capability.

Who is this standard for?

It’s as relevant to small organizations and small projects as to major organizations with multimillion pound projects spanning several years. Specifically, the standard provides guidance to senior managers, project practitioners and those who interact with project teams, regardless of project management experience. This includes:

  • Managers in organizations that undertake projects
  • Project sponsors
  • Project managers
  • Team managers and members
  • Project support staff, including members of project management offices
  • Business and technical specialists
  • Educators and trainers

Why should you use this standard?

This standard gives guidance on planning and executing projects and on applying project management techniques, project management vocabulary and business related project risk.

Users will achieve the desired outcomes of a project efficiently and effectively, as well as continually improving their organization’s project management capability.

The standard is relevant to all industry sectors as well as the public, private and voluntary sectors, regardless of the size or type of organization or project. The principles relate to projects of all sizes, complexity and duration, and their application should be proportional to the circumstances and needs of the organization delivering them.

What’s changed since the last update?

This is a revision of BS 6079-1:2010 which removes duplication and enables BS 6079 Parts 2, 3 and 4 to be withdrawn, hence this standard is now called: “BS 6079”. It is a full revision and introduces the following principal changes:

  • It formally recognizes the organizational context of projects through the introduction of the "higher level management" role and its associated activities
  • Activities relating to the definition, design, development, verification and validation of a project’s primary outputs are added
  • It focuses on the importance of projects being driven by organizational needs, drawing on cross-functional teams of specialists in pursuit of the stated business objectives. To this end, the text includes a fully revised set of accountabilities and process models which explicitly differentiate the directing of a project, with a view to achieving the benefits; from managing a project, with a view to delivering the outputs.              

Standard NumberBS 6079:2019
TitleProject management. Principles and guidance for the management of projects
Publication Date25 April 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)PD ISO/TR 21506:2018, BS ISO 21508:2018, BS EN ISO 9001
ReplacesBS 6079-3:2000, BS 6079-2:2000, PD 6079-4:2006 (Book), BS 6079-1:2010
Amended ByCorrigendum, May 2019
DescriptorsManagement operations, Purchasing, Management techniques, Forecasting, Management, Organizations, Organization and methods, Project management, Planning, Personnel, Budgeting
ISBN978 0 539 04952 7
File Size4.354 MB

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