Prince2 in Plain English (2017 edition)

Steve Tofts

Published by
Benchmark Training and Development Limited
ISBN 9780956462923
RRP £29.99
Reviewed by A P Sutcliffe MSc CCI, MBCS

9 out of 10

Prince 2 has been a well-established methodology for managing projects for nearly 30 years, and has been widely used in a range of settings for projects of varying sizes, formats and environment. There has been a multitude of books written on the accepted procedures, and it might well be thought that there is little room for yet another.

However, this book is slightly different from many others in the field, in that it attempts to explain complex issues in a way that should be more easily understood by the novice. It has been awarded a Book Mark from the Plain English campaign, which would suggest that it has certainly gone some considerable way to achieving that.

The author has substantial experience within the field of managing projects, and this is apparent all the way through. The book is well-thought-out, using generic projects as examples to provide simple illustrations of how each stage might fit onto the overall process. Explanations of the need for the specific approach have a clarity that is frequently not found in material on project management.

The arrangement of the book is pleasing, providing a structure that makes it easy to read and absorb the various concepts, as and when required. It could easily be used as reference material, as the individual sections are generally self-contained; and it could also provide a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the subject matter.

I did feel that in many areas, if the book were to be used in a more rigorous academic setting, there might be a need to expand slightly on the text; or to provide some discussions of the reasons why so many projects fail. But for the majority of users, it would be a highly effective first guide, and still highly valuable even for some more veteran specialists. It might even be a suitable practical guide for those that will be affected by a project, although not directly involved; such as senior managers, or staff from functional business units.

It should be highlighted that many people involved in managing projects are often not those with the Prince 2 accreditation; and it might be thought inappropriate for them to go through the required training as they will be unlikely to perform the task more than a few times. This book would certainly help those people understand how to provide a better organisation for their particular project; and it might well help them ensure that the end result is a satisfactory one.

Further information: Benchmark Training and Development Limited

January 2018