distinguished thought leaders in the world of IT and HT projects have developed
this unique reference book. It provides a new approach to the challenge of effectively
managing complex and mission-critical projects. That is, it is designed to deliver
maximum business value to organizations in both the public and private sectors
around the globe. It draws on the strengths of different schools of thought and
best practices to develop an integrated framework that is lean, agile, flexible,
and adaptable for virtually any complex project.
The benefits claimed for the use of the methodology described in this book
are the same as those described for the use of P2. Some examples of the benefits
- P2 LEAN uses established and proven best practice and governance for
- P2 is flexible, but using its flexibility
takes a lot of experience. The chapter on tailoring the method just doesn't get
you there on its own. [Whereas] P2 LEAN actually explains how to tailor the
- P2 LEAN has adjusted the P2 project responsibilities, but
we [the authors] believe it has made the organization structure more effective,
certainly for complex projects, which is where we are at. The structure defined
in P LEAN also provides accountability and authority, and we believe that
it improves on P2 in terms of delegation and communication.
- P2 has a good
management by exception philosophy, but P LEAN with its agile concept of
rigid time and cost parameters for a stage removes a huge percentage of the exception
situations. Problems and unfinished work are put into the Scope bank for evaluation
when planning the Next Stage.
In other words, the rigors of traditionally
rigid project management are applied at the Stage level rather than across the
board at Phase level. Given the need for flexibility in developing the products
of IT and HT projects, that sounds like a very good compromise.
R. Max Wideman
21. Ibid, text adapted from remarks printed on the back cover
of the book.
22. Ibid, abstracted from page 245
Note that Colin Bentley was responsible for the production of PRINCE2: A Practical
Handbook, Third Edition, (Oxford, UK: Elsveres Ltd.) back in 2010. So Colin
is effectively quoting his own work.