Achtung - Prince2!

Milano, Italy, March 3, 2009 Never heard of general Guderian?

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Milano, Italy, March 3, 2009


Never heard of general Guderian?


In 1937 he wrote a book, Achtung – Panzer! That is where Achtung – Prince2! comes from.

General Guderian was a professional only interested in his craft and an innovator, the father of modern tank warfare, i.e., of what was then named “Blitzkrieg” by an American magazine.

He changed the way things were done, he innovated: he studied the past, he took the present into consideration and proposed his Way.

Till the end of the second world war, his ideas were opposed by many infantry and former cavalry officers, even when his Way had clearly demonstrated its own superiority.

That opposition changed the course of history, there can be no doubts about it. If general Guderian had been properly heeded, that army would have won.



What is Prince2?


Prince2 (Projects IN Controlled Environments) is a Project Management methodology created after having studied the past and taken the present into consideration.

Prince2 is widely used in the UK and has been adopted by NATO. It is also used in many other countries like China. That in itself says much about Prince2's effectiveness.

It has clearly demonstrated its superiority in the field, nonetheless modern “infantry and former cavalry officers” either oppose it or try to relegate it into a limbo.

General Guderian analyzed mistakes and tendencies of the past; the same has been done by Prince2's creators.

He studied English texts and experiences, because the tank had been born in the UK; Prince2 was born in the UK, in fact the UK government sponsorized it.



We operate worldwide, but right now we are trying to bring Prince2 to Switzerland and Italy. That does not exclude the rest of the world, obviously, but Italy and Switzerland are two countries where Prince2 is almost unheard of.

And ... we are based in Ticino, the Italian speaking canton of Switzerland; more specifically, we are based in the lakeside city of Lugano.

In general, Project Management is not well known in Italy and Switzerland or, when it is known, it is misunderstood.

We have been at many project management seminars and ... that has given us the idea of writing our newsletter, “Misfits of project management”.

However, the situation is changing: in Switzerland, many people are interested in Prince2, and we have explained Prince2 to the Informatics Commission of the Federated Bodies of Engineers in Veneto (Padova, Italy, February 4th, 2009).



Two crises


General Guderian studied first world war operations and the crisis of infantry: infantry had gotten blocked, incapable of operating in areas full of trenches, barbed wire, machine-guns and so on. The first tanks could have solved the situation, but they were used in the wrong way; even after the war, some infantry and cavalry officers were able to impose their views.


Project management is like tanks: it is often used wrongly because some modern “infantry officers” refuse to see the light.

As a result, no one is able to stop the crisis: the means are there, but they are not used in the right way, or not used at all.

Prince2 is the right way of using tanks: that is clear, its practical successes speak on its behalf.

Nonetheless, it is often unheard of in some countries.

Nonetheless, very often those who practice project management try not to see it, to relegate it into a limbo.



What could Prince2 do?


A lot, really a lot.


Did you know that the panzer divisions that won the campaign of France were only a fraction of the German army, and that some of those divisions had just been formed, often by using old or captured equipment?

Did you know that, had not those armoured divisions been stopped for political reasons, they would have taken Dunkirk before the fleeing French and English forces had gotten there (instead of reaching the UK, they would have been destroyed)?

Did you know that the French had more tanks than the Germans? But they employed them in the wrong way.


Do you know that Prince2 could (and in many places has) dramatically improve the success rate of projects and reduce costs?

Do you know that Prince2 is at hand?



Professional Project Management


General Guderian was a professional who had no interest in politics. So are we.

We are interested in success stories and in innovative project management.

What about you?

You are interested in results, aren’t you?

Results mean products, not processes. Prince2 is product-based, whilst other project management methods are ... process-based.

Processes mean expenses, products means profit.

Are you interested in Prince2? We operate worldwide.

Innovative Swiss Practice based in Lugano (Ticino), provides the following services: Project Management and in particular Prince2, Training, Coaching, Strategy, Organization, Organizational Development, NLP, Risk Analysis / Risk Management.

Operations in Ticino, Switzerland, Italy, UK, France, Europe.

Our areas of major concern are Lugano, Zurich, London, Milan and Lombardy in general, Rome, Padova (Padua), Vicenza, Treviso, Verona, Venice and Veneto in general.



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