In Reply to Parent Post by NINO777
Hello! fellow forum users,
I'm MR in a design company that has implemented a QMSsince 2009. In the next time in our organization will be implemented the concept of project management as PRINCE 2 method. I want to help me understand what will be my role in project management as MR. I want to know some more about interaction between quality management and project management. Now I'm doing audits for each project in according with ISO 9001 requirements, but how I'll do audits when projects will be executed under Prince 2, or else will make quality audits.I also ask you if I need to change the QMS procedure and Quality Manual?
I would like hearing soon some information from your experience.
Prince 2 is a method which specifies how things are to be done on a project, and specifies mandatory inputs and outputs. It's necessary to learn to understand its terminology, as it has particular words for things ('artifacts' for example, which I seem to recollect means 'something made' whether that's a physical widget or an electronic file, piece of software, report, etc etc).
I too don't really understand what you mean about 'doing audits for each project in according with ISO 9001 requirements'. IF you mean that you are currently doing your audits against the clauses of the Standard, I strongly urge you to cease doing it that way and instead to do process
audits! The Standard is based upon a process approach - auditing clause by clause is not the right way to go. And doing a process audit of projects using the Prince 2 methodology should be 'simply' a matter of auditing whether they are following the method as defined in your organisation.
Will you have to change the QMS procedures or Quality Manual? Probably yes. How much you'll have to change them will depend upon how they are structured and written now - impossible for me to say without knowing/seeing them. It might be as simple as merely referring in the Quality Manual to the use of the Prince 2 methodology for projects. But procedures... almost certainly, unless your previous procedures for managing projects were very similar to/compatible with Prince 2.
I haven't worked with that methodology for quite a while, but last I looked, it tended to start at the point where a contract to do a certain project had been awarded, and was focussed both on the customer (whose project it was) and the supplier (ie, the company delivering said project) speaking the same language.
Ultimately, there's no conflict between Prince 2 and ISO 9001, nor between Prince 2 and what the ISO guidelines for quality in projects says. Think of Prince 2 as going into considerable (and at times somewhat prescriptive) detail about how a project is to be planned, managed and reported on, including the various project stages and the inputs and outputs that are mandated at each gateway - where 1 stage ends and the next begins.