Our simpler project management method, PM4A, is about to start up holding courses and exams in South America. We’re very excited about this venture after a long time getting estabished. There are also other prospects in India and places East, so 2019 looks to be an exciting time. Have a look at the PM4A website. Why not download a copy of the manual and see if it is what your business needs? There’s also a video from me explaining the background and giving an idea of what the method aims to do for you.
Meanwhile I have been upgrading my PRINCE2 books to the latest version and have split them into one for the Foundation exam and one for the Practitioner exam. Full of good stuff, value-added against the official manual. They are available to download from www.itsmshop.co.uk.
My new, simple project management method (PM4A) is now available, £17 + £3 postage. Easy to read with a separate checklist for the pocket. Find it under ‘Books’ and easy payment via PayPal
I am about to publish a book on a new, simple, easy-to-use method of project management. Loads of examples throughout the book, non-industry specific with templates and a helpful quick reference guide thrown in. It is called PM4A -Project Management for All, and is in full colour with great cartoons to lift the spirit. Keep your eyes open. It will be really inexpensive and I even have exams you can test yourself against (or your staff). Coming soon.
I recently co-authored a book that merges PRINCE2 with Robert Wysocki’s approach to Agile. Robert’s approach to Agile implementation is the best I’ve seen and together we have merged it with PRINCE2. I think it works really well for complex projects. The book is available on Amazon for $59.95. I have a couple of copies here for the first two who want to improve on the PRINCE2 Agile offering from Axelos.
A colleague of mine, Nick has developed a number of tools to assist people in their use of PRINCE2. One of them is an online health check – free. It has a lot of useful stuff in it. To check out your project, go to the website www.totalprogrammecontrol.com.
I have been asked by an American colleague if there are any statistics or records of the failure of projects using PRINCE2 If anyone has any information, I would be glad to hear from them at firstname.lastname@example.org
A friend of mine, Chris Kolborg, has sent me a Daily Log template using Excel. The log is comprehensive and as an added bonus, when a target date has been exceeded, it is automatically highlighted in red. Looks very good. If anyone would like a copy, Chris has given his permission for me to send it on. Just email me.
If you are thinking about implementing PRINCE2, I would advise you not to simply dive in. My book, PRINCE2 Rollout, gives you some clear thoughts on how to do it. Impress your management, show clear, quantifiable results of the transition, and be in complete charge of the rollout. It’s easy to read, full of practical tips, gives you a clear plan, and at under £15, great value. Don’t go on a wing and a prayer, do it the professional way.
As my memory gets worse I find that product-based planning, particularly the Product Flow Diagram, really gets me from a-z without forgetting anything. For example, these days I arrange many golf tournaments. What with early publicity, arranging and costing meals, putting up lists, arranging tee times, prizes, cup engraving, there are many things that can slip through the net. A Product Breakdown Structure and Product Flow Diagram make me think clearly of what I need to do and the order in which they need to be done. A few dates pencilled in by the boxes are all I need to ensure that things go smoothly. PRINCE2 training even reminds me to do risk assessment – and there’s always more at risk than just the weather. Anorak? You should see me when I trust just in my memory!
IT Governance are now selling my book, the Concise PRINCE2, which is a little ‘crammer’ for two groups of people (a) those intending to take the Foundation exam (b) those project managers who would like the comfort of a pocketbook that gave them all the key words, themes and processes, without having to lug the manual around or go chasing off to reference it. It really does fit in a pocket or handbag, and at £9.99 it won’t make a hole in your pocket.