A project manager, like any professional, is there to manage change and their bag of tricks consists of being able to plan manage and control. Although they are all vital, it is the “manage and control” part where things go awry.
Unlike managing a department or a service (operational management), projects are temporary, once they have bought about the change, they are disbanded. Job Done. Or not.
So a new project has just been thrown at you.
You know all the “stuff” – how to knock up a plan, come up with estimates, manage risks, make sure the products you create are “quality”, manage change, take corrective action, report progress, and so on
So why do 80% of projects fail in some way – from “the customer is not happy” to an outright kamikaze foul-up?
The answer is that ALL project managers need a “project framework” for success. The same way that Gordon Ramsay knows that a successful restaurant needs a structure – food prep and service teams, organized kitchen, right menu, hygiene and atmosphere.
PRINCE2 provides that framework for projects. It sets up success from the get-go. Sure, you’ve got to understand it, how to apply it and tailor it to each specific project, but it provides each project manager with a “system for success”.
The PRINCE2 Principles set out set out the bedrock APPROACH, The PRINCE2 Processes tell you WHAT to do and WHEN, and the PRINCE2 Themes provide the project manager with “Best in Class” practices for aspects such as risk and quality – the HOW.
But there’s more. PRINCE2 shows you the most powerful planning technique on the planet as well as how to “bake-in” quality from the outset.
The Four Mad Dogs of time, cost, quality and scope trying pulling you in all directions – are tamed.
David spent 25 years as a senior project manager for USA multinationals, and has deep experience in project management. He now develops a wide range of project-related downloadable video training products under the Primer and Projex Academy brand names. In addition, David runs project management training seminars across the world, and is a prolific writer on the many topics of project management.