60 Minute PRINCE2 Health Check 

 January 7, 2023

By  Dave Litten

60 Minute PRINCE2 Health Check

Most projects start off with the best of intentions, but after a period of operation, you may
find that errors are occurring or that the project is going off track. Maybe you have been
assigned as an independent auditor to give the project a clean bill of health. On the other
hand, you may be taking over from the previous project manager and want to ensure that
your new project is in a healthy state.

What I have done here is to provide you with a Health Checklist to run through and it
shouldn’t take you much more than an hour – provided you have all of the documentation to
hand and that the key project organization individuals are in easy contact!

60 Minute Prince2 Health Check

Here then, is your 60 Minute PRINCE2 Health Check list:

  • A documented and agreed project brief is available along with appropriate content and
  • signatures. Other customers quality expectations and the acceptance criteria still
  • relevant and appropriate?
  • The PID contains all the expected documents, plans, registers, logs and strategies?
  • The PID has been approved and signed off?
  • Does the Business Case exist and represent the true and realistic business situation?
  • Are the business case measurements realistic?
  • Hs the business case been maintained and examined/updated at the correct points?
  • Does the risk register exists and is it up to date?
  • Have owners been assigned for ALL risks?
  • Do the stage and team plans reflect the necessary risk planning activities, are they fully resourced, and do these include the monitoring and controlling activities?
  • Have appropriate individuals been assigned for risk owner and risk assignee?
  • Are the risk entries up to date with a recent check?
  • Are the risk estimates still correct?
  • Have both threats and opportunities been identified and actioned?
  • Is there a risk management strategy, and has it been followed and implemented?
  • Is the project plan up to date and includes the updates from the latest stage plan?
  • Is the current stage plan up to date?
  • What is the status of the actual budget and schedule data against the project and stage plan?
  • Are appropriate tolerance figures in place for the project, and are they still realistic?
  • based on progress so far?
  • Are the current forecast predictions for the project realistic, agreed by those who will do the work, and had they been approved by the project board?
  • Is a project board in place, and are the three roles filled by appropriate individuals?
  • Are the organization roles being carried out as agreed?
  • Who is carrying out the assurance roles and do they have the right experience, loyalty and availability?
  • To the specialist team members have up to date work packages that have been authorized and issued by the project manager?
  • Have completed work packages being assessed, accepted and filed?
  • Is there a quality register containing information on all quality checks, and is it up to date?
  • Our quality reviews and checks been carried out?
  • Have those providing project assurance identified appropriate reviewers, or have they attended such reviews themselves?
  • Do the project assurance roles include user and supplier representatives?
  • It is the quality review procedure being followed?
  • Is there a satisfactory quality management strategy plan in place, and are such arrangements for all quality checking included within the current stage plan along with resources and schedule information?
  • Is there a configuration management strategy in place including procedures for managing both formal and informal issues and changes?
  • Have all project issues being assessed for their impact on both risks and the business case?
  • Are the project issue and change control procedures are being followed correctly?
  • Are all open issues and current changes are being managed and approved appropriately?
  • Does the current stage plan include resource and schedule impacts for issues and change requests?
  • Have the correct actions and process had been applied for any off specifications?
  • Request that a product status account is created for you, and check this against the actual date or of the current stage plan to see if a fully agree with the status of products?
  • Request a configuration audit?
  • Is the communication management strategy in place and is it being correctly implemented?
  • Are the highlight reports being sent to the project board and other stakeholders as laid down within the communication management strategy?
  • When was the last highlight report sent to the project board, have relevant documents and actions being taken, and he’s the project board content with the information contained within the latest highlight report?
  • A checkpoint reports occurring with appropriate level of detail and that the timeframe laid down within the appropriate work package?
  • To the checkpoint reports accurately depict the real state of the stage and any team plans?
  • If any exception reports have been raised, have appropriate actions been taken, and if an exception plan has been requested, has this been approved and implemented?

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Dave Litten

Dave spent 25+ years as a senior project manager for UK and USA multinationals and has deep experience in project management. He now develops a wide range of Project Management Masterclasses, under the Projex Academy brand name. In addition, David runs project management training seminars across the world, and is a prolific writer on the many topics of project management.

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