LEGO Flow Game

I recently attended another workshop that was very insightful and also entertaining. This was the LEGO Flow Game. The rules are outlined in the link below if you want to read about how the game works.

It was extremely interesting to see how the different methodologies used (Waterfall, Scrum, Kanban) affected the process and outputs of the work that was being done. I have to say that Waterfall seemed the least affective, but the tasks were very ‘product line creation’ driven so perhaps its not best suited to begin with.

However the presenter, Julian Daddy, who works at the Discovery channel did state that he has done the game numerous times and with every team there is a different result, no matter what the methodology. So the team, the people and the communication is just as important as the process that is used.

The rules are outlined in the page below, but if you run this game yourself feel free to adapt them; as there is not a set in stone way of doing them.

LEGO_Flow_Game 

What is Prince2?

byPrince2 is an internationally recognised methodology for project management. It was developed and is used extensively in the UK but is used world-wide in over 150 countries.

Prince2 has a step by step – or stage or stage structured approach to project management. Detailing how to approach every stage of a project.

Prince2 is split up to 3 main categories that cover all aspects of its approach to project management. These are the Principles, Themes and Processes.

For further reading please click on this link Prince2

The Seven principles:

  1. Business justification
  2. Learn from experience 
  3. Roles and Responsibilities
  4. Manage by Stages 
  5. Manage by exception 
  6. Focus on products
  7. Tailor to suit the environment

The Seven Themes:

  1. Business Case
  2. Organization
  3. Quality
  4. Plans
  5. Risk
  6. Change
  7. Progress

The Seven Processes:

  1. Starting Up a Project
  2. Initiating a Project
  3. Directing a Project
  4. Controlling a Stage
  5. Managing Product Delivery
  6. Managing Stage Boundaries
  7. Closing a Project

This post was created by (myself) Chris Mitchell.

Why PRINCE2s Approach to Quality may well be flawed

This is an interesting article to why Prince2s approach to quality may well be flawed. Although I think the criticism may be a harsh one. Interestingly it states how often customers don’t really know what they want so pre-defining a set of quality criteria before a product is produced may be difficult as products can change over a project and also setting specific criteria may be very difficult as products can change a lot during the process of a project. interestingly this is where an Agile approach to project management would be more affective than a prince2 approach.

I am qualified in prince2 and like the prince2 methodology. However I am moving towards and favouring an Agile approach to project management. Although a lot of successful project management comes down to a hard work ethic and confident communications skills. And no matter what methodology you use if you do not apply yourself properly it probably won’t matter.

 

This article posted in the link below was written by David Hinde.

http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/why-prince2s-approach-to-quality-is-flawed.html