Many projects struggle with (external) dependencies. Most of the time these dependencies can not be managed. They are simply out of the control of the project and the project management is only able to monitor and maybe influence. There are however often dependencies that are results of poor project design and therefor occur by choice. These are dependencies between projects (in programmes and in portfolios) and should often be managed by focus on quality.
PRINCE2 Agile - really?
AXELOS has published an extension of PRINCE2: PRINCE2 Agile. Many think they are two polar opposites, PRINCE2 - symbolizing control, accountability, order – and agile – symbolizing self-organization and equality. And they are polar opposites. But for very different reasons. They are opposites because real, proper PRINCE2 is very agile and the Agile movement is based on old-fashioned ineffective Command and Control.
Several PRINCE2/Waterfall Issues
In a LinkedIn discussion about my paper about PRINCE2 and the Waterfall approach I received the following response that I would like to discuss here.
The LinkedIn response showed a lack of understanding on several levels of PRINCE2, but was unfortunately very common.
SCRUM: Nomen est Omen
Part of the solution or part of the problem? The IT industry promotes SCRUM as the best way to reach better results in projects. But is that really the case? Or this just a new name for something that has always been there? Or is there a revolutionary new view on IT development? As far as I am concerned the name pretty much indicates what the real issue is that will not be solv ...
Vision on Project Management
Why structured project management? Why is it necessary to apply a structured approach to project management? To understand the reasons for the development of PRINCE2® it useful to look at the reasons why so many projects fail to deliver according to expectations. I dedicated a separate page to this analysis. Customer / Supplier environment PRINCE2® assumes a Customer / Supplie ...
MSP 2011 Edition – Review
MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) offers a methodical approach to Programme Management. The 2011 edition is to the 2007 edition. What is this edition about and what are the major changes?
MSP offers guidance for large change initiative that involves major risk. Because of the size, duration and the many different interests and influences by many stakeholders, strategic changes need strong leadership. MSP offers an approach to the different areas to lead and manage change.
The MSP approach
It is well known that strategic change contains large risks. Take-overs, cultural changes, strategic change, everyone knows examples of failing programmes. After initial enthusiasm there is a loss of interest, cynicism increases and business as usual will return. Despite attempts of the leadership change is not happening. Eventually the top lose credibility and contact with the ...
MSP: an approach for managing strategic change
The leaders of an organisation decide that major change is necessary to keep playing a role in the future: different processes, less bureaucracy, another culture and more competitive. A County Council is faced with major long term healthcare issues. An aging population, obesity, drugs and alcohol addiction, etc. An radically new approach is necessary, involving a great number o ...
Reasons for structured project management
PRINCE2® is commonly described as a method based on best practices. A thorough analysis is made of problems that occur in real life project management. Structural solutions that cope with these problems are subsequently described in the method. I must note that I think describing PRINCE2® as a method is too limited. I prefer to talk about a way of thinking, an integral approach ...
Added value In many organisations PRINCE2® does not lead to good results. The method has a reputation for being rigid and bureaucratic and for causing an enormous flow of paperwork. But it does not have to be like that, a proper implementation of PRINCE2® causes exactly the opposite. Implementation should should not focus on a common language or the usage of templates. It is al ...
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