Published 19 Jul 2018
A well-designed project and stage plan was once the pride of any successful project manager. In the post-waterfall era of agile everything, the humble project and stage plan has got itself a bit of a bad reputation for being excessive. However, effective project management st...
Agile|Methodologies|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project planning|Senior management commitment
Published 01 Mar 2017
One element of PRINCE2 ® that I use on every project I’m involved with is product-based planning. This PRINCE2 technique is especially useful for putting a plan together which comprises the “shopping list” of the things that my project team needs to create to deliver...
Customer experience|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Project planning|Requirements
Published 24 Mar 2017
Why is it important to plan a project and why are project plans not taken seriously enough? Planning is an integral part of our everyday lives and is perceived as a natural process, such as deciding what to do at the weekend. So why do some people still see it as a tick box...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Requirements|Stakeholder management|Task management
Published 14 Sep 2018
It is very common for organizations to ask project managers to deliver a plan for approval at short notice and this increases the risks for its delivery. What is rarely recognized is that a hastily-produced plan risks being incomplete, leading to delays, quality compromise...
PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning|Risk management
Published 01 Sep 2020
Lockdown for project managers has been almost like a forced training exercise: how to respond to the unexpected in the right way. That has meant understanding the risks when there are so many unknowns and what we need to do to manage an ever-changing situation. However, hav...
Published 05 Jul 2017
How do you start a project using the PRINCE2 ® project management method? Mark Sutton, change manager and trainer, considers the steps: Starting up a project – according to PRINCE2 – is triggered by a mandate : a reason to do something or, in other words, a busin...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Requirements|Roles|Skills
Published 22 Aug 2018
When project management relationships break down, most of the time the underlying reason lies in misaligned organizational strategic priorities, which result in misaligned project objectives. This prevents the delivery of value to the organization, stakeholders and ultimately...
Problem management|Project management|Project planning
Published 21 Dec 2015
Projects fail for a number of reasons: while it’s dependent on the industries you are working in, there are some reasons that are more prolific than others. For example: Unclear scope and success criteria Lack of buy-in and engagement Lack of change management skills U...
Best Practice|Change management|Customer needs|Project management|Project planning|Skills
Published 15 Jan 2016
Finishing a project on time can seem like something of a rarity in the world of project management so it seems fair to question if finishing on time is even important at all? But the thing is, finishing when we said we would is very important because the pace of change in in...
Governance|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project planning
Published 25 Mar 2019
You could say I’m an “accidental project manager.” I studied philosophy at university so when I first came into the workforce I used my critical thinking to see problems and find ways to fix them. It didn’t take long for the fix to require significant planning on top of th...
Benefits realization|Business solutions|Career progression|Certification|MSP|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Skills