Tanja van den Akker, a PRINCE2 V7 author focusing on the Principles chapter, discusses key aspects of project management in her presentation. She emphasizes the importance of managing projects in manageable blocks, tackling each section in detail as needed. This approach allows for more focused and efficient project management.
A significant point Tanja highlights is the concept of managing by exception. This approach involves escalating issues and decision-making to the next level in the project hierarchy only when necessary, rather than having fixed meetings at set times. This method aims to provide focus and efficiency, ensuring that higher-level involvement is sought only when critical decisions or exceptional situations arise.
Another critical aspect Tanja touches upon is the importance of tailoring in project management. She notes that there is a distinction between simply applying methods and actively tailoring them to the specific needs of a project. This distinction, she mentions, is more pronounced in the latest version of PRINCE2. The idea here is that project management methodologies should be adapted and customized to fit the unique requirements and contexts of each project, rather than being applied in a one-size-fits-all manner. This approach is crucial for the effective and successful management of projects, as it allows for flexibility and responsiveness to the project's specific needs and challenges.