Book-in-progress: Princess

Another writing project still in the conception phase is “PRINCESS.” This book will explore the human side of project management and will be an unofficial Kiwi companion for the somewhat brutal and overwhelming UK process-heavy PRINCE2 methodology currently favoured by our central government. PRINCESS will explore the softer yet vital topics of leadership, communication, team-building, negotiation, motivation, delegation, feedback (giving and getting) and performance management, personal productivity and time management, managing meetings, presentation skills, networking, interviewing, coaching, mentoring, dealing with stress (yours and other’s), conflict management and so on, all of which PRINCE2 publications neglect. I think we know that once the technical processes of PRINCE2 have been mastered, it’s always the people what makes the difference.

Of these many capabilities, I’m sure we would list “leadership” first, which in the project situation means removing obstacles to the team’s excellent performance. This … Read More »


Is PRINCE2 certification useful?

17th March

I usually reply that PRINCE2 certification may get our foot in the door for a job with central government, particularly in the UK, but not with private enterprise.

Our NZIM project management courses are often attended by PRINCE2-certified public servants.

Wow, doesn’t PRINCE2 certification mean that we already have the knowledge and skills needed to manage projects?  Not at all – PRINCE2 training is mostly about higher-level project control and governance.  It does not address project management fundamentals such as:

•  How to lead and motivate our project team, manage a diversity of stakeholders, or any other of those people skills essential for project management success.
•  How to apply basic scheduling, estimating, budgeting and control tools and techniques, and what specifically to do to keep our project on track.

Imagine we have just completed big amounts of PRINCE2 pre-course work, have attended … Read More »




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