10.6 Organization theme summary
How a PRINCE2 project is organized when in an agile context is very important. Many considerations have to be taken into account in order to arrive at the best blend. One area of consideration is the specific responsibilities involved with each role and how they can be mapped and tailored. However, it is also important to understand and allow for the language involved, as this can have a significant effect in an agile context. The exact wording or title of a role can convey a negative impression in some situations, as can responsibilities that use terms such as ‘reporting to’ and ‘assigned to’. It is important to ensure that PRINCE2 operates as effectively as possible and is not compromised by terminology, but sometimes care is needed to create a positive effect.
Assess carefully the people representing the customer side of the project. Are they empowered? Are they respected? One useful ‘rule’ is to engage with people who the customer ‘will not let you have access to’ (people who are seen as indispensable and the customer cannot afford to lose them to project work for any length of time).