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Passing the PRINCE2 Exams For Dummies by Nick Graham

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Clarifying Some Key Points

This section is to set out some areas of product planning that people misunderstand when learning the technique. If that’s not you, just skip the point when you’ve read a sentence or two and you remain confident that you know that area.

quickquiz.eps Quick quiz – is it a product?

Before getting stuck into the detailed points in this section, why not check out your understanding of products? For each of the items on this list, simply mark ‘Y’ or ‘N” to say whether you think it’s a product or not. If you think an item isn’t a product, try to be clear on why and to think what the item actually is. You’ll find the answers at the end of the chapter.

1. Office floor plan

2. Interview the stakeholders

3. FIX-IT-FAST Tool Hire Shop

4. Project funds of £300,000

5. Works Department staff

6. Trained user staff

7. Doorways completed

8. Desks

9. Risk Management Strategy

10. Training Plan

Seeing the difference between a PBS and a PFD

Because product planning is a bit unusual for most, some people find the diagrams a bit confusing and can think that one is just like the other but rotated or upside down. If that’s you, read on. The Product Breakdown Structure and Product Flow Diagram are diagrams that show exactly the same products but in a very different way.

The Product Breakdown Structure (PBS), as its name suggests, is all about structure. It’s simply the products grouped ...

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