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The
Philosophy of PRINCE2
 
 

The Basic Tenets of PRINCE2.

In its simplest form PRINCE2 is a philosophy that says:
 

 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books No project should begin until there is a valid Business Case for it.
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books All stakeholders have to be represented on the project, whether they be customers of the  project or suppliers to it.
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books All management roles have individuals assigned to them.
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books Management is by exception, with management being informed of issues requiring their  attention, and not micro-managing the team.
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books No work is classified as completed until a nominated person who was not involved with it  confirms that it meets its acceptance criteria.
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books All work carried out on a project results in definable "products" which have a technical  specification, quality specification and unambiguous acceptance criteria.

This means that work does not even get under way unless there is a clear business case for it and  goes on to achieve its objectives or is terminated at the moment it is identified as being  untenable.

What PRINCE2 is Built Around

The PRINCE2 philosophy also says that project management must be built around the following:
 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books The products required by the customer (or user) 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books The activities needed to produce those products 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books A method of planning which starts from the required products and incorporates the derived  activities 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books A series of controls based on those products which cover quality, schedule and cost 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books An organisational structure which defines the essential roles, responsibilities, level of  decision-making and lines of communication 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books A statement of the project management steps required to start a project, control of its  evolution and bring it to a conclusion, and those steps interlinked with the other  components described above. 

The
Senior Manager's View.

PRINCE2 is a good tool for senior managers to adopt because it provides a project with: 
 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books A controlled and organised start, middle and end 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books Regular reviews against the plan and Business Case 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books Flexible decision points 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books Management control of any deviations from plan 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books Involvement of senior managers and stakeholders at appropriate points in the project 
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books Good communication channels
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books Agreed quality of deliverables at the outset 

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