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Focus on products

The principle

A PRINCE2 project focuses on the definition and delivery of products, in particular their quality requirements.

A successful project is focused on results and not on activities. In a result-oriented project, products are agreed and defined prior to undertaking the activities to develop the products. These agreed products determine the scope of the project and provide the basis for planning and control.

A PRINCE2 project uses Product Descriptions for each product to define its purpose, composition, deviation, format, quality criteria and quality method. They provide the means to determine the required effort and resources, dependencies and activities.

The product focus supports almost every aspect of PRINCE2: planning, responsibilities, status reporting, quality, change control, scope, configuration management, acceptance of products and management of risk.

Without a product-based approach, projects are exposed to several major risks such as acceptance disputes, rework, unwanted changes, users dissatisfaction and underestimation of acceptance activities.

Used sources

Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, 2009 edition