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PRINCE2™ For Dummies® by Nick Graham

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Chapter 7

Controlling a Stage

In This Chapter

Understanding the day-to-day work of the Project Manager

Giving out assignments to Team Managers and keeping an eye on the work

Checking and reporting on progress

Dealing with problems and referring some things to the Project Board

This chapter deals with the day-to-day work of the Project Manager during a delivery stage. That includes picking up on any problems and reporting progress. The chapter doesn’t cover the activity of the Project Manager towards the end of the stage in getting ready for the Project Board meeting to approve the next one. Chapter 6 describes all that work, which is mostly done as the stage boundary approaches.

Understanding the Process Controlling a Stage

Like the other six processes in PRINCE2, Controlling a Stage has a lower-level diagram that shows the activities taking place inside it and the order in which they’re normally done. It’s the busiest of the processes – if you take the number of activities as a sign of busyness. But happily the process is not only straightforward but actually one of the easiest to follow. If you just think about what a Project Manager is doing in the main part of a delivery stage, you could build the model yourself:

Giving out work assignments to Team Managers, checking the progress of that work and then getting delivery of products when they are finished – built and tested

Dealing with any inbound risks and issues (– including problems – and taking any necessary action to deal ...

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