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Project Management Methodologies

An Introduction to PRINCE2
Why use a Project Methodology and What Does PRINCE2 Enable?
PRINCE - PRojects IN Controlled Environments - is a project management method covering the organisation, management and control of projects. Prince was first developed by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) in 1989 as a UK Government standard for IT project management. Since its introduction, Prince has become widely used in both the public and private sectors and is now the UK's de facto standard for project management. Although Prince was originally developed for the needs of IT projects, the method has also been adopted on many non-IT projects.

The latest version of the method, PRINCE2, was designed to incorporate the requirements of existing users and to enhance the method towards a generic, best-practice approach for the management of all types of projects. The design and development work was undertaken by a consortium of project management specialists, under contract to CCTA. Over 150 public and private sector organisations were involved in a Review Panel which provided valuable input and feedback to the consortium. The development work was completed in March 1996.

Table of Contents Introduction ................................................................................................................. 3 What is PRINCE2? ............................................................................................... 3 Why use a project management method? ............................................................ 4 Key Features ........................................................................................................ 5 Benefits of using Prince ........................................................................................ 5 Roles and Responsibilities .......................................................................................... 7 PRINCE2 Processes ................................................................................................... 9 Further Information.................................................................................................... 14 Acknowledgement ..................................................................................................... 14 Disclaimer ................................................................................................................. 14

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An overview of PRINCE2 Project Management Methodology
Introduction
Whenever we decide we want to do something, go somewhere, build something, achieve something, we need to know the answer to some questions. • • • • • • What are we trying to do? When will we start? What do we need? Can we do it alone, or do we need help? How long will it take? How much will it cost?

These are the usual questions asked at the start of any project and the answers are the building blocks of project management - defining what we want to do and working out the best way we can do it. Structured project management means managing the project in a logical, organised way, following defined steps. A structured project management method is the written description of this logical, organised approach. We know from experience that projects which aren't organised and controlled properly usually go disastrously wrong. Some of the big ones hit the press. London Ambulance and Channel Tunnel, for example, both experienced very public problems of systems not working properly and huge overspends. Structured project management methods have been developed to try to prevent such disasters.

What is PRINCE2?
Prince (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. Prince, the method, is in the public...
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