PRINCE2 in the Fire Service: nothing succeeds like success: a passionate advocate of project management system PRINCE2[TM] explains why it is a powerful tool for Fire Service managers, providing the essential framework to ensure success in areas ranging from performance management to monitoring equality and diversity initiatives.(Project Management)

I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT PROJECT management in the public sector having spent over 15 years in a variety of management positions in areas such as education, the Civil Service and the NHS. As I now know much more about project management I recognise many areas of the subject which, had I been aware of them at the time, would have made my past projects more successful and less stressful. Before going any further, however, let me state that most managers carrying out projects in the public sector are both hard working and conscientious. However, the lack of a structured project environment can make life difficult for the humble project manager. This also applies to the Fire Service.

Improving Service

If the Fire and Rescue Service is to continue to improve the service it offers the community it will need to purchase new equipment and services. In today's organisations such changes are best managed as project. Project faitures, however, are common and when they involve the use of public funds, as in the Fire Service, they may give rise to headlines and adverse publicity. …

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