The minimalist project management system

Lightweight project management methodology
launches free interactive manual., the open project management methodology published under a Creative
Commons, launches a free interactive manual with the support of the European Union. A
consortium of partners led by PTCoE has worked for the last 7 months on the development
of a free interactive manual to encourage small and medium sized enterprises to learn and
use project management skills to increase productivity and efficiëncy.

The majority of the strategic activities that SMEs carry out in order to develop their business,
expand their market presence or increase their efficiency could be considered as projects.
However, in many cases, no project methodologies are used and those involved in leading
these projects use intuitive and ad hoc methods that are often inefficient.

“The lack of basic project management skills can have a negative effect on productivity and
profitability.” Says Geraldine Courtenay, Project Manager at Sligo Chamber of Commerce
and Industry. “Fundamental standards such as PRINCE2 and PMBOK Guide are too
complex, time-consuming and costly for many SMEs. Learning a light weight and simple
project management method such as can help boost efficiency”.

With the financial support of the European Union’s Erasmus+ program the consortium wants
to educate professionals who are involved in leading project management in SMEs about in a cost-effective way by providing accessible learning materials. “It is important
that we provide diverse learning opportunities to SMEs,” says Maurits Vandeplas, director of
Van Haren Learning Solutions. “Next to the manual the consortium is building a free
eLearning course to reach as many people as possible”. The partners hope to train in more
15 european countries by 2022.

About is an open, agile project management methodology published under a Creative
Commons license. The methodology doesn’t reinvent the wheel but uses the existing
resources such as PRINCE2®, PMBOK® Guide, and DSDM®. It’s a simple, easy, and
minimalist framework that follows the 80/20 rule. It aims for 80% of the benefits of a
well-formed project management system by 20% of its effort; and, should support 80% of the
normal projects with a method that is only 20% of the size of a fully general one.
Erasmus+, the EU’s program to support education, training, youth, and sport in Europe, has
co-funded a consortium of 5 international partners to encourage SMEs to upskill and utilize project management in their businesses.
More information about the project and can be found on the website:

About Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the EU’s program to support education, training, youth, and sport in Europe.
The aim of the program is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social
equity, and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU’s strategic framework for
education and training. This project was recognized under Key Action 2 (Cooperation for
innovation and the exchange of good practices) and is based on Strategic Partnerships in
the field of education, training, and youth with a focus on adult education.

About the partners

PTCoE ( is a Flemish company focused on improving the quality and
effectiveness of project management related professional training programs delivered
through training organizations and individual trainers around the world. The company
believes it is a social responsibility to make better use of the available resources through
better project management, as it can increase quality of life for everyone.

Van Haren Learning Solutions is an ISO17024 compliant Publishing and Certification body.
Van Haren Learning Solutions is part of the Van Haren Group which has become the world’s
leading publisher in best practice, frameworks, methods, and standards within Project
Management, Enterprise Architecture, and Business Management. The group is based in
The Netherlands and is well known for its extensive global professional network (authors,
reviewers, and accreditation bodies of standards).

Sligo Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the largest business membership organization
in the North West of Ireland, representing over 200 businesses and organizations in the
region. The Chamber was formed in 1923 in response to local business needs and operates
under the direction of a Board representing many sectors. Sligo Chamber is accredited to
Chambers Ireland, Ireland’s largest business network with 60 member chambers
representing 13,000 businesses on the island of Ireland.

emcra GmbH is a Training and Consulting company within the field of management and
funding (public, national and European). The company is a registered education provider
active in the sectors of VET and Adult Education. The training offer ranges from short online
training, one-day seminars and in-house courses. More than 2,500 executives and
employees have been trained through the emcra Academy.

The Association for Project Management Slovenia (PMI Slovenia) is a non-profit
organization that realizes the common interests of individuals involved in project
management. Since 2002, PMI Slovenia is part of the global organization “Project
Management Institute” (PMI) that joins about 500,000 global members and has more than
280 local associations in most countries of the world. The organization works on the
voluntary basis of the members and aims to provide the best conditions for personal and
professional growth in the field of project management.

Institute for Postgraduate Studies (IPS) is an institute of the Bulgarian University of National
and World Economy (UNWE). UNWE is one of the biggest and oldest higher educational
institutions of economics in the Republic of Bulgaria and South-Eastern Europe with a
history of over 90 years. UNWE’s mission is to perform first-class scientific research and
educational initiatives through its highly professional scientific and academic staff of
professors, associate professors, and assistant professors.