Structured project management means managing the project in a logical, organised way, following defined steps. A structured project management method is the written description of this logical, organised approach. PRINCE2 is a structured project management method.
PRINCE2 says that a project should have:
- An organised and controlled start, ie organise and plan things properly before leaping in.
- An organised and controlled middle, ie when the project has started, make sure it continues to be organised and controlled.
- An organised and controlled end, ie when you’ve got what you want and the project has finished, tidy up the loose ends.
In order to describe what a project should do when, PRINCE2 has a series of processes which cover all the activities needed on a project from starting up to closing down.
Organising and controlling a project means that we need to have someone responsible for doing the organising and controlling – this person is called the Project Manager. The Project Manager will select people to do the work on the project and will be responsible for making sure the work is done properly and on-time. The Project Manager draws up the Project Plans that describe what the project team will actually be doing and when they expect to finish.
PRINCE2 is a method for managing projects. It helps you work out who should be involved and what they will be responsible for. It gives you a set of processes to work through and explains what information you should be gathering along the way.