Project Management

Many projects struggle with (external) dependencies. Most of the time these dependencies can not be managed. They are simply out of the control of the project and the project management is only able to monitor and maybe influence. There are however often dependencies that are results of poor project design and therefor occur by choice. These are dependencies between projects (in programmes and in portfolios) and should often be managed by focus on quality.

AXELOS has published an extension of PRINCE2: PRINCE2 Agile. Many think they are two polar opposites, PRINCE2 - symbolizing control, accountability, order – and agile – symbolizing self-organization and equality. And they are polar opposites. But for very different reasons. They are opposites because real, proper PRINCE2 is very agile and the Agile movement is based on old-fashioned ineffective Command and Control.

Part of the solution or part of the problem? The IT industry promotes SCRUM as the best way to reach better results in projects. But is that really the case? Or this just a new name for something that has always been there? Or is there a revolutionary new view on IT development? As far as I am concerned the name pretty much indicates what the real issue is that will not be solv ...

Why structured project management? Why is it necessary to apply a structured approach to project management? To understand the reasons for the development of PRINCE2® it useful to look at the reasons why so many projects fail to deliver according to expectations. I dedicated a separate page to this analysis. Customer / Supplier environment PRINCE2® assumes a Customer / Supplie ...

PRINCE2® is commonly described as a method based on best practices. A thorough analysis is made of problems that occur in real life project management. Structural solutions that cope with these problems are subsequently described in the method. I must note that I think describing PRINCE2® as a method is too limited. I prefer to talk about a way of thinking, an integral approach ...

Planning and the following execution do not deliver the required results through assumptions and misunderstanding. The results of different perceptions are often underestimated during both planning and execution. With serious consequences.   ...

n 1984 Eliyahu Goldratt wrote the excellent book "The Goal". His vision on the logistical processes and production were widely noticed but at the same time his ideas were extremely logical and even obvious. The vision of Goldratt, named the Theory Of Constraints, focuses strongly on reaching the end result through following an integral process and banning and preventing local o ...

PMI and IPMA In the world of project management there are several standards, or what are considered to be. The Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) have a lot of influence, but how do these visions compare to PRINCE2®? PMI / PMBOK - General The Project Management Institute (PMI) published "A Guide to the Project Manage ...

Processes, Themes and Techniques PRINCE2® is a method that aims at controlling a project and (particularly) the role of the project manager. The method in essence shows great common sense and focuses on processes. There are seven main processes described and the method also pays attention to eight main subjects, the Themes, that are handled during the processes. Although PRINCE ...