Project Management

In discussions about the PRINCE2 Management Stages, people regularly mention that an organization defined corporate standards that can be tailored for individual projects. As a result, they would work with PRINCE2 Management Stages and apply the Tailoring principle.

However, this is normally not the full picture. In virtually all cases other principles will be breached, with harmful consequences.

In many discussions about projects, people express the view that Time and Cost are the main controls. In fact, a common view is that projects fail when they deliver late or run over Budget.
But many projects fail because of a focus on time and cost.

The Magic Triangle, or Triple Constraint, is widely seen as the fundament of project management. Controlling time, money and quality is a basic rule for project-governance. There are several variations, e.g. the Devil’s Quadrant.

This concept is generally accepted without much thought or discussion. But should it be? Is (a variant of) the Magic Triangle always useful?

It is quite common for consultants and trainers in the area of project management to claim they have a way to deliver a project on time and on budget. Ever some suppliers of PRINCE2 training will advertise with this promise.

Delivering on time and on budget is not a goal. Even worse: this attitude will almost certainly make a project fail.

The term "Sponsor" is used in many approaches to Project Management, Programme Management and Change Management. Not just in the theoretical approaches describing Best Practices or Common Practices, but also in real life a Sponsor is often mentioned as a key role.

This is a destructive practice. A Sponsor is a dangerous role; the term should not be used anymore. Sponsors are main threats to any form of change.

There are several ways to look at organizations and the behaviour of people within organizations. Years ago, I developed a model that has always served me well. When looking at resistance to change and failing projects, I found that it is often about different cultures within organizations. ...

This is an overview of the Issues I raise for the PRINCE2 2017 edition by Axelos. ...

AXELOS published the 2017 Edition of PRINCE2. Here is a verdict: is the 2017 edition an improvement? Why or why not? ...

The PRINCE2 2017 edition contains many issues. More than ever, it seems to be largely written from a wrong perspective and as a result it often deviates from the own principles. For many years (IT) suppliers tried to pretend they used and even trained PRINCE2. But in their cases, it only resulted in the very ineffective PINO (PRINCE In Name Only). In the 2017 version, they now ...

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.