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Written by Andy Trainer– Wed 01 Apr 2009

Here's a brief re-cap on the benefits of PRINCE2 for your organisation:

PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a structured method for effective project management. It is a de facto standard used extensively by the UK Government and is widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. Here is just a quick list of some of the benefits that using PRINCE2 brings:

  • It will mean that there is a common project language and gives flexible decision points.
  • It gives a standard approach to managing projects
  • It is easier to see the possible problems that might or are occurring.
  • It offers reviews of progress against the business case and project care.
  • It will also mean that there is a good flow of communications between the stakeholders and other project teams, as well as improved levels of customer satisfaction
  • It will also provide a way for being able to manage any deviations from the project plan

Tips for Successful PRINCE2 Management

A PRINCE2 project is not always the easiest job; however here are some quick tips to help you along the way.

Preparation

Being a manager is a position of responsibility, so take it seriously and make sure you properly plan and organise what you want to happen before hand. If you have a clear and organised plan you can give clear and organised instructions and as a result both you and your team will be better off.

A common Understanding

It is essential that both you and your team know what has to be done and are agreed and understand how it is that they are going to do it. Any misleading issues should be carefully explained and any mistakes rectified.

Monitoring

This is a vital part of any management project. You should be taking an active interest in what is happening, who is doing what and, more importantly, if they are doing it correctly or not.

Prioritise

Realise that you cannot do everything at once, or at least do it well, and that it is necessary to prioritise the most important issues and make sure that they are done first.

Competency Within the Team

Make sure that all your team members are up to the task, there is no point letting them continue if they are clearly over their heads, it will not be a good experience for them and it will damage the project. If it is the case that they are capable of doing it but do not understand what is being asked of them then it may be possible to keep them on the project, however if they are clearly struggling then it is their best interests to bring in new people.

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