A website that launched earlier this month to help business users implement the Prince2 project management methodology has received a lukewarm reception from practitioners.
The PrinceLite website has been developed by academic Peter Merrick and is based on his 10 years' work in the industry. Merrick describes the contents of the site as a synthesis of the Prince2, RUP [Rational United Process] and Waterfall methodologies.
"The main point of this new framework is it explicitly recognises the needs of all management stakeholders," said Merrick.
"It defines artefacts that are easy to understand, yet is based on Unified Modelling Language, so they can be transformed into solutions."
But practitioners said the information on the website read more like a work in progress and raised too many questions to yet be useful.
"It certainly has the makings of something, but it is not in a state where I would refer customers to it," said Tracey Rust, head of the programme management office at consultancy Morse.
"The contents is good but there needs to be more," said Rust.
"More working examples are needed. Clear examples make the principles of Prince2 far easier to communicate to our clients for putting into practice."
Another practitioner took issue with the early launch, noting that the site document itself said it was "not sufficient to implement PrinceLite" but instead presented the "intellectual case for how the framework has been arrived at and defines its essential structure."
"It all seems a bit premature at this stage," he said.
But Merrick said that although PrinceLite "does not [yet] tell you exactly what to do it does give you some very strong hints." He urged practitioners to contribute to "the body of knowledge" on the site "so we can start delivering projects, not just managing them."