Document Description Outlines
PRINCE2 includes descriptions of thirty-three standard management "products"
that are invoked through the PRINCE2 methodology.
Many of these documents are standard fare, such as various plans and reports,
for which it is most useful to have detailed listings of required contents. However,
in addition to those mentioned earlier, certain unique documents are worthy of
special mention in the context of managing projects successfully. For example:
Acceptance Criteria, defines in measurable terms what must be done for
the final product to be acceptable to the customer and staff who will be affected.
This is either provided by program management, or is developed during the starting-up-a-project
process. It seems to us that this is essential information often overlooked in
Configuration Item Record: Configuration management is defined as the
discipline that gives management precise control over its assets (including the
products of a project), covering planning, identification, control, [etc].
The configuration item record provides the required information about
the status of each and every item and makes reference to the product breakdown
structure, stage and team plans, relevant work packages, the quality log and
The Issue Log is the repository of a summary of all issues raised on
the project that need to be brought to the attention of the project and that
require an answer. Issues may range from a question or statement of concern,
to an off-specification (e.g. a deficiency) to a request for scope change. Such
issues may be raised by anyone associated by the project at any time. In PRINCE2
the issue log is an essential part of controlling project stages by capturing
all queries, problems and similar events in a consistent way before their proper
disposition has been determined. Each item can then be followed up until the
required action has been taken and the item cleared
Similar to the issue log, the Risk Log provides a repository for the
identification of all project risks, their analysis, countermeasures and status.
PRINCE2 recognizes risk as a major component to be considered during the management
of a project and is factored into all of the major processes. Project management
must control and contain risks if it is to stand a chance of being successful.
The Lessons Learned Log is a repository of any lessons learned, both
good and bad, that cover management experiences or use of specialist products
and tools, and so on that can be usefully applied to other projects. Captured
during the project, these items provide the basis for writing up a formal lessons
learned report at the end of the project. We recognize this as an essential
feature of the "Learning Organization".
With the exception of lessons learned, these documents are not discussed in