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PRINCE2 Certification – Stand Out from the Crowd

PRINCE2 Certification – Stand Out from the Crowd
By Paul Atkin

PRINCE2 certification is a great complement to your PMP and the 5th Edition of the PMBOK now specifically recommends PRINCE2 (Section 1.1). Having PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner on your LinkedIn profile shows you have taken your skills to the next level.

2 Levels of PRINCE2 Certification

You can gain PRINCE2 certification at the Foundation and Practitioner levels

Both the levels are based entirely on the manual: “Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2.” There are many PRINCE2 books available but this only source the examiners use when setting the questions. To ensure consistency and international acceptance both exams are mapped to Blooms taxonomy of learning objectives.

  1. PRINCE2 Foundation Exam

    The Foundation exam tests your knowledge and comprehension of PRINCE2 (Blooms Level 1 & 2). Most of the questions are straightforward multiple choice: 1 statement, 4 options – and you pick the correct option.

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Prince of Planning – Part 1: The Art of Managing Your Writing Project

Prince of Planning – Part 1: The Art of Managing Your Writing Project
By Helen Treharne

In addition to holding down a full time job, blogging, writing my first book and generally “living”, I’ve also been undertaking a project management qualification with my employer.

PRINCE2 (an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based method for project management, used extensively in both the public and private sector. I am by no means an expert, having only completed the foundation level training, but I have to say I’ve learned some surprisingly useful lessons.

Needless to say, that my knowledge will benefit me immensely in my organization, where project management techniques such as Prince or Agile are used to effectively implement and manage change.

The surprising lesson has been somewhat less obvious – it has unquestionably influenced my approach to my next writing project.

As I’ve said previously, I’m in the final throes of my first novel, “Relative Strangers”, which is what I’m increasingly referring to as a vampire-family drama/thriller. Read the Complete Article

A Guide to Project Management Qualifications

A Guide to Project Management Qualifications
By Michelle Symonds

Whether you’re a graduate considering a career in project management, a professional looking to progress up the career ladder or you simply wish to enhance your employability, it is useful to know what project management qualifications are out there, and how to choose between them.

As well as being a great addition to your CV, qualifications teach useful PM skills and frameworks, consolidate your existing knowledge and boost your confidence to help throughout your career. Here’s our guide to help you choose a qualification that’s right for you.

PRINCE2

PRINCE stands for PRojects In Controlled Environments and is a specific management methodology that can be applied across all project types, but is especially used within the public sector in the UK. Whether you work for the Government or in the private sector, the PRINCE2 qualification can be a useful asset, and one which employers may specify as a requirement for certain PM positions. Read the Complete Article

Comparing PMBOK and PRINCE2

Comparing PMBOK and PRINCE2
By Bruno Collet

Working as project management consultant in Canada and Belgium has its advantages. One of them is to use methods based on both PMBOK, which prevails in North-America, and PRINCE2, which prevails in UK and is common in Western Europe.

Wikipedia provides a good overview of PRINCE2 and PMBOK.

I summarized the key differences between the two methods:

  • PRINCE2 is more prescriptive than PMBOK. PRINCE2 is a methodology framework. PMBOK is a body of knowledge of best practices.
  • PRINCE2 is process-oriented (who does what, when). PMBOK is knowledge-oriented (what the project manager should know).

  • PRINCE2 is easier to apply without prior project management experience because it prescribes processes. PMBOK is easier for learning project management skills because it is organized as knowledge areas.

  • With PRINCE2, the project manager has less power, more a coordination role leaving real power to executives. With PMBOK, the project manager is more central and has more decision power.

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ECM Project Governance

ECM Project Governance
By Alexander Hagen

In my ECM projects, I use the following governance model to manage stakeholder interests:

ECM Governance

Figure 1: ECM governance

  • The ECM Board acts as business owner of the ECM application and the ECM framework. In the ECM framework, the application configuration, the high-level folder structure, generic functionality, customizations, and “the way of working” can be found. The board consists of the ICT Manager and representatives from senior business management, and decides about changes to the ECM framework, and new ECM initiatives.
  • The ECM Steering Committee acts on a delegated responsibility from the ECM Board and monitors the ECM implementation. When necessary, priorities are set. Consideration should be given whether the ECM Board and Steering Committee are separate bodies, of if they can be combined into one. This mostly depends on whether the ECM Board is a dedicated board for ECM, or if they have a more extensive mandate.

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PRINCE2 – Is It Any Good?

PRINCE2 – Is It Any Good?
By Chris Croft

I get asked this so often so here is, officially and undisputably, my views on the subject:

Is PRINCE2 any good…

– as a qualification to have on my CV?
– to actually use on our projects at work?

As a qualification?

Five to ten years ago PRINCE2 was absolutely the thing. Now the verdict is mixed – some people love it, some people loathe it. So if you put it on your CV there is a risk, though I would say it’s probably still more positive than negative, but the scales are slowly tipping all the time, and people are starting to think that if they recruit a PRINCE2 person they will be bringing bureaucracy into their organisation, particularly if it’s a small private company. Larger companies and public sector organisations still tend to me pro PRINCE2.

The difficulty is that PRINCE2 is still the only well known project management qualification, so although it’s generally felt to be too bureaucratic it’s better than nothing. Read the Complete Article

Are You Foolish For Believing In PRINCE2 As A Project Management Methodology?

Are You Foolish For Believing In PRINCE2 As A Project Management Methodology?
By Bjarne Dedenroth

Whether or not you are foolish is not for me to determine, but chances are you have some preconceived notions that are potentially flawed, especially if you work within the field of Business Intelligence (BI), sometimes referred to as Data Warehousing (DW or DWH), but most accurately depicted as Decision Support Systems (DSS). The nearly omnipresent and often indiscriminate popularity – possibly due to equal parts of misconceptions and hype – of PRINCE2 as the project management methodology of choice seems to indicate a near blind faith in PRINCE2 as the answer to all prayers. Quite a few organizational decision makers insist on utilizing PRINCE2 as a foundation for implementing projects. I’ll show you why this is a fatal decision with potentially catastrophic implications.

Background

At the top end, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) controls international standards. Read the Complete Article

The Key Principles of Project Management

The Key Principles of Project Management
By Simon Buehring

If you’re looking for guidance to help you manage your project with added confidence, then this article will help you. Below I discuss seven key principles, based upon the PRINCE2 project management framework, designed to improve the likelihood of your project succeeding.

  1. Business justification: every project should lead to a worthwhile return on investment. In other words, we need to understand the benefits that a particular project will bring, before committing ourselves to any significant expenditure. During the lifecycle of a project, however, circumstances can change quickly. If at any point it becomes clear that a return on investment is no longer feasible, then the project should be scrapped and no more money wasted.
  2. Defined roles and responsibilities: everybody working on the project needs to understand the nature of their involvement: for what is each person responsible, and to whom are they accountable?

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Project Initiation and the Project Initiation Document – PID

Project Initiation and the Project Initiation Document – PID (#5 in the Hut Introduction to Project Management)
By JISC infoNet

Project initiation is where all the necessary analysis is undertaken to allow the project to be planned. Initiating a project usually involves a considerable amount of work, and therefore expenditure, and this is why PRINCE2 recommends that project initiation be considered as a stage in its own right i.e. it should be formally given approval to go ahead and should be planned and budgeted for as a phase of the project.

The single most important piece of documentation you will produce at this stage, and probably during the course of the entire project, is a Project Initiation Document (PID).

The Project Initiation Document takes as its starting point the Business Case, if one exists, and builds upon it using the information and analysis data produced during the initiation activities. Read the Complete Article

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