In addition to providing Project Management resource for IT projects, the PMO has developed a structured methodology for the delivery of Durham University IT projects. Our methodology is titled PRIDE (PRINCE2 In Durham Environments) which is derived from PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE), with 'Durham' incorporated to indicate the tailoring of PRINCE2 to suit the Durham University Environment.
PRINCE2 is a de facto standard developed and used extensively by the UK government and is widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. It embodies established and proven best practice in project management.
PRIDE recommends that a project consists of 4 main phases:
- Benefit Register
- Communications Plan
- End Project Report
- Exception Report
- Issue Log
- Lessons Learned Log
- Project Board Charter
- Project Brief
- Project Change Request
- Project Initiation Document
- Project Mandate
- Project Status Report
- Risk Log
- Work Package
The PMO Consolidated Lessons Learned have been formulated from the “Lessons Learned” exercises taking place within reviews of projects (or phases of projects) within the CIS PMO (Programme Management Office). As such, they are all drawn from IT projects, and so some lessons are specific to that environment. Other lessons have more generic validity. It is good practice to consider Lessons Learned in the initiation stages of a project, and adjusting plans and risk assessment accordingly.
Project management techniques are becoming more important, especially in Higher Education, where most of us are involved in projects on a large or small scale. PRIDE (PRINCE2 In Durham Environments) is an implementation of PRINCE2 - the de facto standard for Project Management in the UK - that is tailored specifically the particular needs of Durham University, with processes to support the project from inception to completion. The approach is suitable for planning or controlling any type of project, regardless of purpose, scope or size.
The PMO provides a structured 'Introduction to Project Management' (PRIDE) training course. This consists of a half day introduction that serves as a pre-cursor for a series of short, optional workshops focussing upon key elements of project management:
- Project Initiation (making sure the foundations are right for your project's success)
- Risk Management (understanding, identifying and monitoring risks to your project)
- Communication and Stakeholders (understanding who your project stakeholders are and communicating effectively with them)
For more information on this training, or to enrol, please visit the training website.