Infographic: How PRINCE2 and Agile Reinforce Each Other
By Fortes Global
Figure 1: How PRINCE2 and Agile reinforce each other
Fortes Solutions is an international organization with Dutch roots which develops ‘best practice’ software for organizations that want to improve their efficiency in projects, programs and portfolios. Read the Complete Article
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.
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- 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.
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
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.
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
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:
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- 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.
PRINCE2 Continues to Grow Worldwide (Infographic)
By Simon Buehring
PRINCE2 is now well-established as the most popular project management qualification in the world.
APMG-International, the PRINCE2 accreditation body, release annual figures for the number of candidates taking PRINCE2 examinations. These figures show that the total number of candidates taking PRINCE2 exams globally has increased every year since launch (1996). The most recent figures show record numbers of candidates sitting exams during 2011 – 136,000 – an increase of 17,000 over the previous year.
Simon Buehring is a project manager, consultant and trainer and has extensive experience within the IT industry in the UK and in Asia. He works for KnowledgeTrain which provides training in project management in the UK. He can be contacted via the KnowledgeTrain project management training website. Read the Complete Article
New PRINCE2 Certificate Launched
By David Hinde
In January this year the APMG launched a new certification called the PRINCE2 Professional. This accreditation is now the top qualification in the PRINCE2 curriculum. As many of you will know, in order to pass the other two PRINCE2 certifications (the Foundation and Practitioner levels) candidates need to pass an exam. The Professional certification is assessed in a different way. Candidates need to attend a two-day residential event. During their time on the course they have work in groups through a number of project case studies. Evaluators monitor their performance, and assess the attendees against a number of criteria.
This new method of assessing competency is a welcome addition to the PRINCE2 certifications. One valid criticism of PRINCE2 used to be its reliance on exam assessment. In my own PRINCE2 courses I have seen recent graduates, adept at taking tests but with little business experience, outperform older attendees who clearly have more practical knowledge. Read the Complete Article
ECM Project Governance
By Alexander Hagen
In my ECM projects, I use the following governance model to manage stakeholder interests:
Figure 1: ECM governance
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- 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.
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
Complexity and Project Management – Exercising Practical Judgement in Conditions of Uncertainty
By Chris Mowles
In an INGO (International Nongovernmental Organization) where I was working recently one of the newer members of staff proudly told me that he was Prince2 trained. This was mentioned in relation to a conversation we were having about what he considered to be the ‘lack of systems’, I think implying a lack of rigor, that he perceived in the organization he had just joined. As someone who once worked as a systems analyst, operating at the interface between software developers and end users, I was prompted into thinking about why my colleague might believe that a project management method originating from software development, and contested even there as to its usefulness, might also be suitable for managing social development projects. One would hardly look to the domain of IT for examples of projects which have been delivered on time and to budget, without even considering the other, obvious differences between the two fields of activity. Read the Complete Article