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  • PRINCE2 focuses of WHAT to do
  • PMP focuses on HOW to do it
  • PRINCE2 is a methodology using processes
  • PMP is a standard and a knowlegebase

Theses certifications are not in competition with each other, they can be used with each other.

Benefits of PRINCE2

  • Common lexicon for those involved in project
  • Explicit roles assigned for each reponsability
  • Customer focuses by design
  • Provides repeatable processes
  • Deliver on busines needs
  • Adaptable and tailorable to the business

What it Won't Provide?

  • Excludes specialized aspects
    • Procurement
    • Legal
    • Finatial
    • Human resources
  • Excludes management of people
  • Doesn't focus on techniques or dictate how to do something

& Principles

  • Continued Business Justification
  • Learn From Experience
  • Defined Roles and Reponsabilities
  • Manage by Stages
  • Manage by Exception
  • Focus on Products
  • Tailor To Suit The Project

Principle: Continued Business Justification

  • Are the benefits still worth the risk & costs?
  • Project must always remain desirable, viable, and achievable
    • If not, the project should be closed
  • Does the organization have the capability to deliver the product?
  • Will the use of the project's products result in the outcomes and benefits expected?
  • Prevents wasting resources on a project that has no benefits
  • Benefits do not have to be (only) monetary

Business Case Components

  • Reason for the project
  • Expected benefits and dis-benefits
    • What threshold would project be terminated?
  • Timeline, Cost, and Risk
  • Underlying assumptions
  • Options considered
  • Chosen solution

Learn From Experiences

  • Everyone makes mistakes, but how can we learn from them?
  • Collect reports of lessons learned from previous projects
  • Generate reports during the project

Who's Responsability Is It?

  • Project managers should identify, document, and disseminate lessons via lesson reports to the project board
  • Project board should distribute these reports to the organization's other project managers

Hindsight is 20-20

  • Setup a lessons learned log during the Starting Up a Project process
  • Generate lessons reports at the end of each stage
  • Final lessons report created before the Closing a Project process is completed

Lessons Learned arr "Testable"

  • Assurance auditors will ask for evidence that lessons ar actually being learned
  • Looking for proof that things are implemented to improve process and prevent mistakes
  • Lessons Learned is different from Lessons Observed

How to prevent mistakes?

  • Learn from past mistakes to prevent new ones
  • Create a repository of lessons reports
  • Recruit members to your project with similar project experiences...
  • ...there really is no substitute for experience!


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