Archive for March, 2011

PRINCE2 is Agile

One of the things which I find really irritating these days is when consultants take “Old wine and put it in new bottles” and sell it as something new /original, and claim it will deliver benefits never seen before. This happens a lot where Project Management methods and frameworks are concerned, insulting the intelligence of experienced Project Management professionals and misleading impressionable newbies into thinking that their life can be made easier. All a little sinful in my view, and causes a great deal of unnecessary confusion and augmentative discussion in the workplace on the best way to deliver projects.

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PRINCE2 Works – Stop Looking for Alternatives

If I had received over the years a penny for every time I have heard PRINCE2 being criticized as being “waterfall”, “Top Down” or “Paper Intensive” I would by now be in retirement. I have always found such comments frustrating because PRINCE2 is none of these things and if applied intelligently it delivers results.

Invariably such insults are born out of ignorance, inexperience and, more importantly, frustration when Project Managers finding themselves in a constant cycle of delivering project failures rather successes. In such situations it is no surprise that there is a temptation by battered Project Managers to blame the tools and methods they are using rather than looking at themselves and the organisational and people constraints which so often cause project failures.

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