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PRINCE2 in Action - Project management in real terms

Book Description

This step-by-step guide:
  • Explains the principles of PRINCE2 in straightforward, manageable chunks;
  • Emphasises how to apply PRINCE2 in practice, using real-life examples;
  • Is written by an experienced PRINCE2 practitioner and trainer, so you can be sure that the information is based upon approaches that work;
  • Gives clear explanations and practical illustrations in each section;
  • Explains how to effectively apply PRINCE2’s principles, themes and processes to your projects and other real-world scenarios; and
  • Has been updated for PRINCE2 2017.
A guide to effective project management

This book will guide you through each step of your project, clearly defining the underlying principles that should be applied to every project, regardless of what is going on inside or outside the project environment. They are sound, proven rules, which can be used as markers on the way to project success.

PRINCE2 is principle-based rather than prescriptive. The principles are:

  • Universal in that they apply to every project;
  • Self-validating in that they have been proven in practice over many years; and
  • Empowering because they give practitioners greater confidence and the ability to influence and shape how a project will be managed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. Example layout
  6. Chapter 1: PRINCE2 Overview
    1. Principles
    2. Themes
    3. Processes
  7. Chapter 2: Seven Principles
    1. Principle one: Continued business justification
    2. Principle two: Learn from experience
    3. Principle three: Defined roles and responsibilities
    4. Principle four: Manage by stages
    5. Principle five: Manage by exception
    6. Principle six: Focus on products
    7. Principle seven: Tailor to suit the project
  8. Chapter 3: Seven Themes
    1. Theme one: Business case
    2. Theme two: Organisation
    3. Theme three: Quality
    4. Theme four: Plans
    5. Theme five: Risk
    6. Theme six: Change
    7. Theme seven: Progress
  9. Chapter 4: Seven Processes
    1. Process one: Starting up a project
    2. Process two: Directing a project
    3. Process three: Initiating a project
    4. Process four: Controlling a stage
    5. Process five: Managing product delivery
    6. Process six: Managing a stage boundary
    7. Process seven: Closing a project
  10. Chapter 5: Starting up a Project
    1. Appoint the executive and the project manager
    2. Capture previous lessons
    3. Design and appoint the project management team
    4. Prepare the outline business case
    5. Select the project approach and assemble the project brief
    6. Plan the initiation stage
    7. Tailoring guidelines
  11. Chapter 6: Directing a Project
    1. Authorise initiation
    2. Authorise the project
    3. Authorise a stage or exception plan
    4. Give ad hoc direction
    5. Authorise project closure
    6. Tailoring guidelines
  12. Chapter 7: Initiating a Project
    1. Agree the tailoring requirements
    2. Prepare the risk management approach
    3. Prepare the change control approach
    4. Prepare the quality management approach
    5. Prepare the communication management approach
    6. Set up the project controls
    7. Create the project plan
    8. Refine the business case
    9. Assemble the project initiation documentation (PID)
    10. Tailoring guidelines
  13. Chapter 8: Controlling a Stage
    1. Work packages: Authorise a work package
    2. Work packages: Review work package status
    3. Work packages: Receive completed work packages
    4. Monitoring and reporting: Review the management stage status
    5. Monitoring and reporting: Report highlights
    6. Issues and risks: Capture and examine issues and risks
    7. Issues and risks: Escalate issues and risks
    8. Issues and risks: Take corrective action
    9. Tailoring guidelines
  14. Chapter 9: Managing Product Delivery
    1. Accept a work package
    2. Execute a work package
    3. Deliver a work package
    4. Tailoring guidelines
  15. Chapter 10: Managing a Stage Boundary
    1. Plan the next management stage
    2. Update the project plan
    3. Update the business case
    4. Report management stage end
    5. Produce an exception plan
    6. Tailoring guidelines
  16. Chapter 11: Closing a Project
    1. Prepare planned closure
    2. Prepare premature closure
    3. Hand over products
    4. Evaluate the project
    5. Recommend project closure
    6. Tailoring guidelines
  17. Chapter 12: Additional Suggestions and Procedures
    1. Business case theme: Relationships between outputs, outcomes and benefits
    2. Organisation theme: Stakeholder engagement
    3. Quality theme: Recommended quality review technique
    4. Plans theme: PRINCE2 recommended approach to product-based planning
    5. Plans theme: Product-based planning
    6. Risk theme: The risk management procedure
    7. Change theme: Issue and change control procedure
    8. Progress theme: Types of control
  18. Chapter 13: Tailoring PRINCE2
    1. Tailoring successfully
  19. Chapter 14: Roles
    1. Project board
    2. Executive
    3. Senior user
    4. Senior supplier
    5. Project manager
    6. Team manager
    7. Project assurance
    8. Change authority
    9. Project support
  20. Chapter 15: Management Products
    1. Tailoring management products
    2. Benefits management approach
    3. Business case
    4. Change control approach
    5. Checkpoint report
    6. Communication management approach
    7. Configuration item record
    8. Daily log
    9. End project report
    10. End-stage report
    11. Exception report
    12. Highlight report
    13. Issue register
    14. Issue report
    15. Lessons log
    16. Lessons report
    17. Plan
    18. Product description
    19. Product status account
    20. Project brief
    21. Project initiation documentation (PID)
    22. Project product description
    23. Quality management approach
    24. Quality register
    25. Risk management approach
    26. Risk register
    27. Work package
  21. ITG Resources