Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, Third Edition†
1.1 THE PURPOSE OF THIS MANUAL
PRINCE2 (Projects in a Controlled Environment) is a structured project management method based on experience drawn from thousands of projects - and from the contributions of countless project sponsors, Project Managers, project teams, academics, trainers and consultants. This manual is designed:
- For entry-level project management personnel wishing to learn about project management generally and the PRINCE2 method in particular
- For experienced Project Managers and personnel who wish t learn about the PRINCE2 method
- As a detailed reference source for PRINCE2 practitioners
- As a source of information on PRINCE2 form managers considering whether to adopt the method
The manual covers the questions frequently asked by people involved in project management and support roles. These questions include:
- What's expected of me?
- What does the Project Manager do?
- What do I do if things don't go to plan?
- What decisions am I expected to make?
- What information do I need or must I supply?
- Who should I look to for support? For direction?
- How can I tailor the use of PRINCE2 for my project?
1.2 THE IMPORTANCE OF PROJECTS
A key challenge for organizations in today's world is to succeed in balancing two parallel, competing imperatives:
- To maintain current business operations - profitability, service quality, customer relationships, brand loyalty, productivity, market confidence etc. What we term 'business as usual'
- To transform business operations in order to survive and compete in the future - looking forward and deciding how business change can be introduced to best effect for the organization.
As the pace of change (technology, business, social, regulatory etc.) accelrates, and the penalties of failing to adapt to change become more evident, the focus of management attention is inevitably moving to achieve a balance between business as usual and business change.
Projects are the means by which we introduce change - and, while many of the skills required are the same, there are some crucial differences between managing business as usual and managing project work.