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.

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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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