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To the edge - what's it all about?

Written by John A G Smith – Fri 05 Aug 2016

There are many different ways to manage something and the methodologies of PRINCE2®AgileSCRUM and ITIL® help. In this post our expert John A G Smith explains how a system or 2  can keep our world spinning on the correct axis!

It’s all about systems.  Whether you’re looking at something as small as an individual business task or as large as a whole company, they’re all systems.  We’re surrounded by the things.  We live on a planet within the solar system.  Our shower is supplied by a hot water system.  I’m writing this on a computer system.  Indeed we are each our own individual system: the human body.

Image - Panel 6 Solar Systemm,  Ralph Buckley 

So what, I hear you say, is a system?  And what qualifies each mentioned above as one of them?

It is generally accepted that a system has five components: Inputs, outputs, processes, stores and a boundary.

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The Best Online Project Management Communities

Written by Andy Trainer – Mon 28 Oct 2013

There are plenty of blog and Twitter lists around, but for the first time here is the most complete list of Project Management communities on the web.

If you're new to project management then this is a great way to learn from others in the field and pick up some helpful advice; of course the best way to get started it with our Project Management for Beginners Course!

These resources aren't just for beginners- many of the communities include very experienced project managers who are there to help others and work on the more complicated areas of the discipline. PRINCE2 Practitioners are common in the groups which make them the perfect location to get advice passing your exam.

Without further ado here's the list, which includes all the best places that project managers connect and hang out online.

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PRINCE2 Project Management Team Structure

Written by Andy Trainer – Fri 20 Apr 2012

As taught on our PRINCE2® Training course, PRINCE2 is a methodology that can be tailored to any project. Therefore it is necessary for there to be a project management structure that can also be tailored to any project.

Using this structure allows us to identify who does what on a project without knowing anything about its size or complexity. The team structure is divided into roles, not jobs and so can be allocated individually or even combined.

Here is our flexible project management team structure:

Here at Silicon Beach Training we pride ourselves on our successful PRINCE2 Foundation training having a 99% pass rate. It must be something to do with the Brighton air, or maybe it's the quality of our training!

Defining the project management team structure

The corporate/ programme management site at the top but pass the decision making down to the Project Board. If you want to sit at this level you need MSP training, which is the next step after completing your PRINCE2 Practitioner training.

The Project Board are also busy on roles outside of the project and so delegate the day-to-day running of the project to the Project Manager. They are there to make the key decisions but if they believe they don't have the time or the right skills then they can appoint somebody to Project Assurance to monitor the project for them.

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Organisation THEME

Written by Andy Trainer – Thu 12 Jul 2007

PRINCE2® Themes – Organisation

The purpose of the Organisation theme is to define and establish the project’s structure of accountability and responsibilities (the who?). 

There are four layers of management in a project:

  • Corporate or Programme Management
  • Project Board
  • Project Manager
  • Team Managers

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  • Executive – a key decision maker who owns the business case
  • Senior User – Provides user resources. Defines and verifies user requirements and expectations.
  • Senior Supplier – Provides supplier resources.
  • Project Assurance – Advises on selection of team members. Advises on stakeholder engagement.
  • Project Manager – Prepares strategies. Reviews and updates project management team structure. Prepares role descriptions.
  • Team Managers – Manage team members. Advises on team members and stakeholder engagement.
  • Project Support – Provide administrative support to the project management team.

Some of the PRINCE2 roles cannot be shared or delegated. The Project Manager role cannot be shared or the decision making roles and responsibilities of the Project Board or Project Manager.

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