Project Management practice vs theory in PRINCE2

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Project Management is the practice of managing all or part of a rare project, especially an objective which is not realistically achievable within the time span available or which is not of concrete value. This is a useful overall concept, and many project management training courses focus on this concept. In practice, the project management process is too often used to describe projects as activities that can be immediately evaluated. However, by understanding project management, you can begin to distinguish a project for the purpose of this article: one which creates value to the organisation. As on a prince 2 Course birmingham.

“How can I not create value to the organisations I work for?” You might thus ask?  Although you might protest that you are just a consultant and not an organisation, consider how long it took you to complete any one of the following projects:

o    Deconstruct a bit of my original designs.o    Build a brochure.o    Build a presentation about myself and my company.o    Design a data base up for a marketing programme.o    Write a manual about how to do something as wide a scope as this project.o    Design and implement a training course.

Each of these examples provides a value, or future value, to you, the organisation. But that value has very little relevance as a measurement of the abilities of the consultant in the field, and almost as much as the value of my independent talent in trying to develop a talent for this specific project.  The point of a project management service is to manage the value in a way that maximises the Return on Investment (ROI) or Volume of Use of that product or service.

You may argue that you have a share of this responsibility, but truly think of all the things that you have contributed to your organisation from your efforts:

o    Your elegance of language.o    Your experience and wisdom.o    The scope and quality criteria of the scope definition you wrote yourself.o    Your access to the right people within your organisation (for example lawyers, accountants, investigation consultants etc).o    The volunteering your time, helping others, writing agenda items, preparing material for presentations and the like.(For those non-creative types, organisations can sometimes be seen as more strategically valuable and useful to their budget than purely through philanthropic programmes).

I believe, therefore, that project management represents a vital area in the whole life of the organisation, and is central to its further success, not merely through its statement, but also through its implementation. However the methodology used in this process can vary significantly, so it is worth understanding what the work of the project management professional actually achieves and is used for.

Legacy or Legacy of the Title?

If you receive funding for a project, and make sure all points are made, now emphasises the effectiveness of the particular project through what you can expect to receive, whilst ensuring it does not simply “quality arse” over there. This sounds like a good business argument and indeed it is, but where does it lead?  When you also clearly link the work of the organisation to following the rules set in the title, you instilled confidence of your constituents, while thereby increasing the enablers for future initiatives, whilst allowing the work to be passed down the line and identify new work-flow processes for existing work-flow processes, both before the project was registered and after it has completed!

Both projects in terms of time and value are influenced by their (project) purpose, which has been defined in terms of its value to us, the owners, and whether we can do it, or whether it can’t, we cannot.  Consequently, if you cast doubt on either or both of these foundations, you risk either having a negativity mindset in the organisation, or you will not have accurately mitigated the human resource, finance, IT, procurement, etc weaknesses of the organisation. You end up managing your reputation and culture. This is also a warning stop mechanism in terms of what is acceptable and what is not when rolled out, or prior to going live, and can come about through the operating activities you exercise as you organise project roles which have the very same issues. Conversely there are also many positive benefits throughout the world for a organisation, if it can manage the scope and time, whilst being crates a worthwhile picture of what projects are then physical and factual, through clear documentation. By being clear about the objectives and purpose you at least have first completed a minimum ( respectfully) baseline, and a clear process of how you meet the scope of the project, to ensure you have a credible structure.

An Example of Results

Here is an example in the article on public sector strategy

1. I designed a programme related to the planning, managing and monitoring of public sector site control functions.2.

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