Do we need an Exception Report? – remember, no-one says it has to be written. Should we advise the Project Board that one or more of their tolerance limits is under threat? Should we do this as soon as we know about it? Of course we should. Have a look at the information that PRINCE2 suggests should be made available to the Project Board when an exception situation arises. It all looks sensible and necessary.

So where do we look for this bureaucracy – at End Stage Reports? Surely we have to submit to the Project Board an assessment of how we performed in the current stage, what the Project Plan, the Business Case and the risk situation now look like before it will think of approving the next Stage Plan?