The Closing a Project process is the last process in PRINCE2.   We all know that Projects are temporary and, just as important as getting a proper start to a project and defining what has to be delivered, is ensuring that we close the project effectively. Too many times the initial enthusiasm of a project runs…

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We hate going to the project status meetings, but my how we get upset if we can’t go to one.  How many times have you asked someone how a particular aspect of your project is going and the response is “Well, we had a meeting.”  I once read that a meeting is no substitute for…

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What’s the difference? Starting up a Project is the first Process in PRINCE2. But the Initiating a Project process is the first Stage in a PRINCE2 project. This is question which often confuses students. To understand the beginning of a PRINCE2 project, you need to know: Why does PRINCE2 have 2 starts? And what is…

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This week in class I was asked to write down a list of all the key word associations (and short phrases) that I had been referenced during the PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner course. With the class, we developed this study aid to help assist with remembering PRINCE2 and of course to zero in on the…

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Why PRINCE2?  It’s a question that quite often gets asked.  Well quite simply it’s a great methodology. Don’t believe me!  Well let’s look at some of the reasons why. Why PRINCE2 – The Principles One of the answers to why PRINCE2 is that PRINCE2 is based on 7 key principles.  These principles are what make your…

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Manage projects like a Meerkat. You’re the Project Manager and the next Stage of your PRINCE2 project has just been approved.  Your Stage Plan has the green light, your Team is ready to go… What happens next? In PRINCE2 this is the trigger for the Controlling a Stage process.   This process covers the “what…

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When you initiate your project, you may be tempted – or pressured – to ‘get on with it.’ You must resist the ‘Just do it’ method and take the time to scope and plan your project properly. It is essential to set aside sufficient time to properly define and plan your project as this will…

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PRINCE2 uses a Stage Gate model to control project progress.  This means we break the work to be delivered up into manageable sections.  PRINCE2 calls these sections; Management Stages. At the end of each section, or Stage, we do 3 important checks: Look Back – to ensure the work of the current stage is done Look at the Big Picture –…

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