Projects are everywhere. You have to solve a problem for a client? That’s a project. You want to build chairs in your spare time? Each chair is a project. You want to write a series of blog posts? Those posts are a project. But how do you manage a project to make sure it’s a success? I don’t know. So I am going to learn about it from “Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2” and share what I learn with you.
Time For Some Jargon
What is Prince2?
PRojects IN Controlled Environments. I realise that doesn’t tell you much, but the whole book is about PRINCE2, so we will have a better answer at the end of this series of posts.
What is a project?
PRINCE2 defines a project as: “A temporary organisation that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more business products according to an agreed business case”. Seems unnecessarily wordy to me.
A Project is something you (or a team) do in a limited amount of time to make something valuable. It’s that simple.
The Power Of 7
PRINCE2 loves the number 7. There are:
- 7 Principles – What makes a project PRINCE2
- 7 Themes – What must be managed to make a project successful
- 7 Processes – What must be done at each stage of a project and when to do it
That is the exciting journey that lays ahead. Projects are the best way to create positive change, so learning how to make them a success seems like a worthy goal. Come back next time to read about the 7 Principles in detail.