Projects are considered the spine of an organization’s revenue stream, so it has to be managed the best possible way, for two reasons; to satisfy the client and to gain profit for the organization itself.
In this article, we will discuss one of the most popular three methodologies of projects management nowadays, which is (“Projects IN Controlled Environments” (PRINCE2)®”, there are other methodologies to manage projects such as: (PMI) and (SCRUM), each of them has its own attributes and prosperities, we can say that all three of them complete each other in project management .
(PRINCE2®) methodology goes back to 1989, where the UK government developed it through the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA), after deriving it from an earlier method called PROMPT, then (PRINCE2)® became a standard for project management in UK government to run IT projects.
It’s also widely used across the United Nations system and especially in IT projects.
PRINCE2® project management methodology
PRINCE2® follows a special way to execute the project, where all the project steps are defined from the beginning; it depends on dividing the project to processes, such as
First process (Starting up a project (SU), “in this process the project team is appointed and a project brief is produced”.
Second process (Initiating a project (IP)… and so on.
PRINCE2® methodology is used to manage different types of projects, while it was originally used by IT projects.
Team work in PRINCE2® methodology
Meetings between project manager and the team are not a priority, it could be in weekly basis when needed, instead only in cases of problems or if something deviated from the plan, an emergency meeting would be held; also team members aren’t aware of each other’s tasks
Advantages of PRINCE2® methodology
The project is divided to processes with predefined inputs and outputs which make it easier to add or adjust it and control the whole project.
Each project has a documentation to register successes and failures, and then it would be a reference for the new project managers when facing future problems.
Each member of the project has a specific role and tasks.
Disadvantages of PRINCE2® methodology
It’s inappropriate for small projects or where requirements are expected to change, due to the work required in creating and maintaining documents, logs and lists
PRINCE2® does not offer the level of flexibility offered by some of the modern project management methodologies.
How to learn PRINCE2® methodology in project management?
You can register in one of the (PRINCE2®) courses organized by special training companies like (Bekkah Inc), where there are three different levels (Foundation, Practitioner and Professional)
Participating in these courses prepares you to apply for the international test and obtain approved international certificate in PRINCE2® from APM Group .