How to make the PRINCE2 course reading more interesting…

5th February, 2009 – 12:59 pm

As part of my job I’m taking the PRINCE2 Practitioners Training and certification course next week.

 

The prerequisite reading is a supposed 15-20 hours of the book “Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2”.  So dry is the reading I was having real problems concentrating.  Talking about this in the office I came up with the idea that to focus my attention and keep interested I’d mentally swap the word ‘project’ with ‘orgy’ to see if that made it more interesting.  For a start the title becomes “Managing Successful Orgies with PRINCE2”

A rather dry section, Chapter 10, pg 153:

One of the defining features of a project is that it is finite – it has a start and an end.  If the project loses this distinctiveness, it loses some of its advantages over purely operational management approaches. 

A clear end to the project:

·         It is always more successful than the natural tendency to drift into use and subsequent modification of the product.  It is a recognition by all concerned that: 

o   The original objectives have been met

o   the current project has run its course

o   either the operational regime must now take over or the products from this project become inputs into some subsequent project or into some larger programme

Becomes:

One of the defining features of a[n] orgy is that it is finite – it has a start and an end.  If the orgy loses this distinctiveness, it loses some of its advantages over purely operational management approaches. 

A clear end to the orgy:

·         It is always more successful than the natural tendency to drift into use and subsequent modification of the product.  It is a recognition by all concerned that: 

o   The original objectives have been met

o   the current orgy has run its course

o   either the operational regime must now take over or the products from this orgy become inputs into some subsequent orgy or into some larger programme

 

Childish – yes but I just hope it helps me stay awake reading the thing.  

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