Robots versus Superheroes
It sounds like the title of a great movie, but it’s a battle that is played out every day in every organisation that runs projects. I read something this week that inspired me to write about this battle and what you can do if you are in the midst of it.
Bold ideas for newly trained project managers
You have just attended a training course to get your project management qualification. It is your first day back at work, and you are keen to put your newly acquired learning into practice. Here are some bold ideas which you may not have considered to get you started.
Why the PMBOK is not a methodology
One of the more common discussions on the web and in other places is focused on comparing a methodology with PMBOK. The problem with the proposition is the basic premise is completely wrong! The Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge guide is not, and never has been, a methodology, argues Pat Weaver.
Learning pathways and your project management career
Project management training and education choices can be an alphabet soup of acronyms, so how do you know which one will be most useful for the career you want? Education specialist Steven Rowe talks to Adeline Teoh about considerations to make when looking for a course provider.
Wrapping PRINCE2 around Agile—Roger Fance
Wrapping PRINCE2 around Agile: You can, but should you?
Over the years, many organisations have invested heavily to increase the chances of project success by establishing project management frameworks, methodologies, processes, tools, templates and training to support their project managers and teams and improve project management maturity.
However, an ever increasing speed of change as a result of competition and technological innovation presents a serious challenge to business. It compels the need for continual re-evaluation of the project methods employed to ensure that organisations are responsive and adaptable enough not only to simply survive, but prosper. Some organisations have turned to Agile project management in an effort to improve their response to business change. In the right circumstances, Agile offers an effective way to rapidly react to change, indeed embrace change, through a range of management techniques. Some may be tempted to combine their original investment in traditional project management techniques like PRINCE2 with the benefits that Agile can bring.
This paper suggests two ways that PRINCE2 and Scrum as an Agile framework could be combined and compares the characteristics of each approach in relation to governance, planning, risk, change and value delivery. It poses some questions that organisations should consider before trying to combine these two approaches.
Author: Roger Fance
Review status: UXC Consulting