PRINCE2: Organized project management methodology
By Shreedhar Ganapathy on Mar 10, 2006
Last week, I attended a week's course to get certified for PRINCE2 Foundation level and Practitioner level.
PRINCE stands for PRojects IN Controlled Environments and is a standard project management methodology adopted by many companies in Europe and Asia and is gradually catching up in the US. It is the UK Government's standard for project management and is in fact part of the Office of Government Commerce(OGC).
The course helped me get a very organized but non-bureaucratic and flexible approach to project management. The methodology espouses management by exception and covers organization, management, and control of projects. Important aspects cover emphasis on the business case for justifying projects, planning, risk & issue management, and quality assurance. The methodology uses a process based approach allowing for projects to go through a step by step process (but not necessarily linear) from start to finish showing how to rather than dealing with mere concepts.
I now look forward to opportunities to apply what I learned, here at Sun and contribute to our continuous improvement.