Exercise control

The purpose of this competency is to achieve the goals of control, i.e. to:

  • review performance against baselines;
  • evaluate the effect of actual performance on future plans;
  • take action as required to achieve planning targets or agree revised targets.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. plan and initiate control
  2. co-ordinate the activity of the delivery team(s)
  3. monitor progress
  4. evaluate the impact of actual progress on the objectives
  5. resolve issues and re-plan accordingly
  6. maintain control documentation
  7. assure the quality of the control procedure

Control techniques vary considerably according to the complexity and context of the work.

This general competency could be used as a basis for several context-sensitive competencies within a single tailored version of Praxis.

For example ‘Exercise project control’ or ‘Exercise programme control’ could be significantly different; or perhaps control on traditional (waterfall) projects will focus on schedule and cost whereas control of agile projects will focus on deliverables within time boxes.

Knowledge and understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the principles and goals of control
  2. responsibilities for control
  3. the context of the work and its impact on control
  4. a range of techniques for monitoring and reporting progress
  5. how to predict future performance based on actual progress
  6. the principles and application of tolerances
  7. the purpose and content of control documentation
  8. how assurance applies to control



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