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Craig Brown
Craig Brown

Prince Lite has a strong focus on Requirements Management and Stakeholder Engagement.

“A recently launched website aims to define a simple lightweight project delivery framework designed to combat the phenomena of PINO (Prince2 in Name Only). The new site is the brainchild of Dr. Peter Merrick and it is a synthesis of Prince2, RUP and waterfall. The main points of this new framework is it explicitly recognises the needs of all management stakeholders, it defines artifacts that are easy to understand, yet based on UML so they can be transformed into solutions, and it comes with downloads of worked examples."

About Peter:
He hold a PhD from UEA in Software Engineering. I'm a UML use case expert. A paper on this subject was published last week in This work is the subject of a paper to be delivered in Barcelona at a conference of peers in software engineering. He has worked for the Health and Safety Executive, HMRC, Great Hotel, University of Cambridge Examinations Syndicate and the European Patent Office. He currently holds a senior contract position with central government.
His motivation

"It upsets me greatly the amount of money wasted in software that never delivers. I don’t buy the excuses that are routinely bandied about for this, which normally boils down to the supplier blaming the customer for changing the requirements. This is rubbish. Suppliers are giving customers the run around. Customers have some blame to shoulder for delegating responsibility on the grounds that IT is ‘too difficult’.

Yes, databases and OO modelling is a specialist subject, but anybody can understand use case models, activity models and screen mockups. That’s all the business people need to understand."

UML takes care of the rest, because we know how to transform these ‘business oriented artifacts’ into code! The other great thing about this method is the user acceptance tests are described upfront. Progress can be measured. Success is defined. Come on customers; stop letting the tail wag the dog. Look into PrinceLite – it really is Prince in name only – and that’s a good thing."

This entry was published on Jan 20, 2008 / Craig Brown. Posted in SDLC, Process, and Methodologies. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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