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After a period of consultation the decision was taken that the new project management approach needed to be:
It is recognised good practice to adapt methodology to work with the culture and challenges of the organisation. Even organisations that decide to wholly adopt a named methodology will nuance and emphasise elements to meet their particular needs.
Our approach has been trialled with a number of projects and project managers across Oxford Brookes during 2015 and found to make a significant positive contribution to project delivery.
We expect the guidance and documents to evolve further as time goes by and welcome comments and feedback on how to further meet the agreed design principles.
The document suite of project templates has been developed as simple as possible whilst providing the controls and management that we need.
Each template includes guidance notes tailored to the current project management maturity level of the organisation.
Each template is set in a structured format that can be used by all projects and scaled up with additional content where appropriate.
We need to share a common language with the rest of the project management world so that we can communicate effectively with our suppliers. This common language also helps our developing Project Managers translate into practices at Oxford Brookes what they learn when gaining formal qualifications. A standard glossary also facilitates the integration of newly recruited project management professionals into Oxford Brookes.
The most widely understood terminology in project management is that of the first of the industry-wide adopted methodology, PRINCE2 and this is therefore the terminology and glossary which we use.
Our adoption of PRINCE2 terminology should not be construed as an adoption of the PRINCE2 methodology itself. Whilst the Oxford Brookes approach does adhere to the basic principles of PRINCE2 and would be easily understood by anyone familiar with it, our approach has been streamlined and adapted to meet our needs.