Clarifying Some Key Points
The following points are ones which people studying PRINCE2 don’t always get clear the first time around. Have a look through the section. If you read a sentence or two of an item and decide that you already know the point well, just skip the rest of that item and move on to the next one.
Having a closure stage . . . or not
PRINCE2 used to be very keen on having the closure work as just work that you carried out towards the end of the last delivery stage. Other approaches, such as the PRIME project management method and the Project Management Institute (PMI) approach have a dedicated closure stage. One of the improvements to the method in the 2009 edition of the PRINCE2 manual is that the door’s been left open to have a closure stage in a PRINCE2 project. That makes sense, because although products have been handed over, team members often still need to be on hand to make final adjustments and to assist operational users who are learning to use what the project has delivered. In larger projects, this can be a significant stage of some length. In the project to build Hong Kong airport – my favourite international destination – the support period lasted for some weeks after the move of operational flights to the new airport site at Chek Lap Kok. Project staff remained involved until they were sure that everything had settled down in this highly successful project.
Understanding follow-on actions
To be precise, this section is about follow-on action recommendations. ...