Project Management in Practice

Beyond the alphabet soup of PRINCE2, MSP, MoP, PMBOK, ITIL, Agile

7 responses to “How can suppliers use PRINCE2?

  1. Nico Viergever July 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    A very good start. But a part of the story. Especially in IT the answer to the question: “can suppliers run their project as PRINCE2 projects?” is “probably not”. Last year I have written a paper to the same issue, but it is in Dutch. Maybe you can follow the diagrams. A translation is to follow shortly:
    see for now:

  2. Nico Viergever July 22, 2012 at 12:13 am

    As I said, a very good start. However, there is more to it. My view is now available in English. See

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  4. E Klaver November 22, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Dear Shoaib,

    I do understand the things you are trying to shine a light on.
    But I think the commitment both parties ( customer- & supplier project team ) have taken on ( deliver value to the business objective of the customer) should be key and should have priority number one.
    Because the customer ,in particular, will be the one that loses most when you look at “lost revenues” in case of delayed reached targets of the project ( also including lost of VOI =value on investment and the to be harvested other benefits from the project).
    So the supplier’s project team has the obligation to delver quality out in time and with the agreed price (initial cost for the customer/ investment and the risk of rising initial cost/ investment), but the same applies to the customers project team (initial cost for the Supplier and risk that his initial costs will rise when the project is delayed also including “less” VOI =value on investment for the customer)

    “The higher goal” of the project.
    Both have “to protect” risk loosing established “good will” from their customers and damaging their Brand and good name ( and the cost that go with that; that should be their common interest ! and should be the “main driver” for both customer’s – and the supplier’s project team).
    At best the outcomes of the project will contribute to the higher goal of both the Customer’s organization and that of the supplier’s organization.
    By looking at it from an other perspective, the project will create “added value” and benefits (directly & indirectly), short term, mid-term that could contribute positively to the P & L balance of both the customer’s -and the supplier’s organization long term.
    The methodology or framework chosen to be used is just a means to keep control on information & deliverables and the agreed outcome).

    • Shoaib Ahmed November 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

      P2 coming from a government background covers the customer’s need in excellent detail. It however doesn’t address the commercial relationships between supplier and customer, which is a weakness.

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