Original Text: Who is Really in Charge?
According to the manual:
"PRINCE2 is designed for a variety of customer/supplier situations. For clarity, the PRINCE2 manual has been written on the assumption that the project will be run for a customer with a single (prime) supplier involved throughout. This has a bearing on not only the organization of the project, but also the controls."
The implication is that PRINCE2 is in the hands of the supplier rather than the sponsoring organization, although direction and the corresponding level of control are clearly in the hands of the owner's Executive.
No. The implication throughout PRINCE2 is that the project belongs to the customer. Remember that the supplier's Team Managers are only allowed to do what they have agreed with the Project Manager, who is from the customer, via Work Packages. Remember that the supplier may belong to the customer's organization.
The project may belong to the customer, i.e. the customer is paying, but the text says: "project will be run for a customer". That means that someone else is doing the running. If not the customer, then it must be the supplier. The customer's representative is the project's sponsor or "Executive" in PRINCE2 terms.
I'm afraid I disagree completely with this assumption. The PRINCE2 manual repeats over and over again that the Project Board owns the project; the Executive and Senior User come from the customer side and only the Senior Supplier is from the supplier side. The Executive is in total charge and is supported by the other Project Board members. The Project Manager also comes from the customer side. Under PRINCE2 a project is run for a customer and BY the customer.
21. Ibid, p228