Project Management

PRINCE2® Project Management

(PRojects IN Controlled Environments)

Stuart Gillan is a registered PRINCE2® practitioner project manager. As well as being able to offer project management to your project, regardless of size or type, this qualification means that working within a large project environment is a familiar process. PRINCE2 is a process-based method for effective project management and is a de facto standard used extensively by the UK Government and is widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally.

Whenever we decide we want to do something, go somewhere, build something, or achieve something, i.e. start a project, we need to know the answer to some questions:

  1. 1.What are we trying to do?

  2. 2.When will we start?

  3. 3.What do we need?

  4. 4.Can we do it alone, or do we need help?

  5. 5.How long will it take?

  6. 6.How much will it cost?

The answers to these questions are the building blocks of project management - defining what we want to do and working out the best way we can do it. In addition to these answers, in any project, there are six variables and therefore six aspects of project performance to be managed: Costs,Timescales, Quality, Scope, Risk and Benefits

PRINCE2 is an integrated framework of processes and themes that addresses the planning, delegation, monitoring and control of all these six aspects of project performance. It can be applied to any type of project - and can easily be implemented alongside specialist, industry-specific models ('engineering models' or 'development lifecycles').

The method is widely recognised and understood, and therefore provides a common vocabulary for all project participants - promoting effective communication. It also provides for the explicit recognition of project responsibilities - so that participants understand each other's roles and needs. There is a defined structure for accountability, delegation, authority and communication.

Adopting PRINCE2 promotes learning and continual improvement in organisations. Its product focus clarifies (for all parties) what a project will deliver, why, when, by whom and for whom. It is based on a 'management by exception' framework, providing for the efficient and economic use of management time (whether at corporate, programme, Project Board or project management levels).


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