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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing improvement, 20 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2: 2009 Edition (Paperback)
The PRINCE2 project management method is now a major influence across the world, being used in 150 countries across 20,000 organisations. So this refresh has been awaited with keen interest.

My overwhelming impression is a positive one.

Its gratifying to see that the refreshed edition has followed the design approach of Managing successful programmes (Office of Government Commerce), such as there is now an earlier chapter on the Principles of PRINCE2 project management.

There are only seven principles (as with MSP). In the case of PRINCE2 they are:
Continued business justification
Learn from experience
Defined roles and responsibilities
Manage by stages
Manage by exception
Focus on products
Tailor to suit the project environment

To paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, "If you can do all those then you are a PRINCE2 Project Manager, my son."

The new PRINCE2 book is a slightly different shape and size to its predecessor. The 'old' edition was some 457 pages. This new edition is a slimmed down 327. This has been achieved largely by ditching the so-called 'sub-processes' in the process model. I understand that some of the PRINCE2 examiners are weeping and gnashing their teeth. Well, the rest of the project management community is rejoicing. I never understood the concept of 'sub-process' anyway: either it is a process or it isn't.

Tailoring is now normal. It always was, but this edition makes the point in visible, emphatic, unavoidable terms.

I like the added attention to the 'soft skills' attributes of project management such as stakeholder engagement as well the treatment of benefits. The business case chapter is good, with some useful material.

Since I was involved in helping the delivery of the original PRINCE2 book in 1996, PRINCE2 has grown and been elaborated in its intervening editions, such that it has become to many quite overwhelming and bureaucratic. This refresh is a welcome pruning back with some useful additions. It comes over clean, fresh and accessible.

I and my colleague will endorse it with our clients.
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