In her discussion about PRINCE2 V7, Tanja van den Akker, author of the Principles chapter, reflects on her experiences and contrasts them with those of her colleague, Brad. Tanja has worked on small to mid-sized projects for organizations like the Dutch Police force and Kuwait Petroleum, while Brad has experience with large-scale projects for entities like NATO and the EU.
A key topic Tanja highlights is the difference in project contracting approaches based on the scale of the project. She expresses discomfort with contracting based purely on the number of hours, such as requesting 200 hours of programming. Instead, she prefers an approach that focuses on the final outcome or deliverable of the software. This perspective is shaped by her background in smaller projects, where defining the end product can be more straightforward and manageable.
Conversely, Brad's experience with large projects leads him to a different viewpoint. In such large-scale endeavors, the complexity and scope make it challenging to contract based on specific outcomes. Therefore, a more hour-based or resource-focused approach might be more practical in these contexts.
This contrast underscores how project management strategies and contracting methods can vary significantly depending on the project's size and complexity. It highlights the importance of adaptability and understanding the unique requirements of each project, aligning with PRINCE2's principles of tailoring methods to suit the project environment.