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PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner Certification Course

The PRINCE2® is the most comprehensive, globally accepted, best practise project management methodology. It can be tailored to suite any project. The 5 day course provides participants with a detailed knowledge of the PRINCE2® methodology including the seven processes, seven principles and seven themes central to running a project using the PRINCE2® method. This course prepares the participant to act as a lead member of a project management team using the PRINCE2® method within a project environment supporting PRINCE2®.

Duration:

The Prince2 Foundation training course is 3 days with the Foundation exam in the afternoon of the third day.

The Prince2 Practitioner training course is 2 days with the Practitioner exam the following Monday or Friday.

  1. What is the difference between PMBOK and PRINCE2 ®?  Can both work?
    See "A contributor’s perspective".
    See “Prince2-versus-PMBOK” for a more detailed analysis.
    See "A perspective from Stratsure".
     
  2. After PRINCE2 ® what further courses should I attend?
    A proposed skills development plan is included in the document Experiential Learning.
     
  3. Why are there so many management products – is this not “over-the-top”?
    They are needed to effectively manage the six aspects of project performance.
    Delegates new to PRINCE2 ® perceive managing the management products as too much of a burden.  The burden becomes a lot lighter when you get used to a suitable software product that makes version control and accessibility so much easier.  Please take a look at the P2Nav brochure and P2Nav description.
     
  4. Can I cut some aspects of PRINCE2 ® out to make it easier?
    No two projects are the same. The level of control required for a multi-million rand project is much greater than that required for a project only costing ten thousand rand. The number of stages required for a high risk project is likely to be greater than a low risk project. The level of control required for bank managing a million rand project is likely to be less than that required by a small company managing a similar cost project.
    In other words, if practitioners simply apply the whole of the PRINCE2 ® method blindly to every project, they are not likely to gain the benefits of the method. This is why practitioners must tailor PRINCE2 ® to suit the needs of their project environment. This is done by tailoring the PRINCE2 ® processes, themes and management products.
    See summary of chapter 19.
     
  5. How do I get my seniors to buy into PRINCE2 ®?
    See P2 implementation suggestions.
     
  6. If you want PRINCE2 ® embedded into an organisation, where do you start?
    See P2 implementation suggestions.
     
  7. If my organisation wants to contain costs, how can I get them to include Project Assurance?
    If there is something wrong with your organisation’s acceptance of PRINCE2 ® as a best practice standard, speak to a PRINCE2 ® trainer or consultant for assistance.
    See P2 implementation suggestions.
     
  8. What other aspects of project management exists that PRINCE2 ® does not address?
    See Experiential learning.
    See the course outline for the APM PM for PRINCE2® Practitioners course.
     
  9. Why should we do Management Benefits – does it matter?
    See Managing Benefits Essentials course outline.
     
  10. Doing Product Descriptions sounds like too much work – what’s the alternative?
    Product Descriptions are the basic building blocks for effective scoping and quality control.
    No Product Descriptions results in forfeiting control of product quality and incomplete scoping.
     
  11. We don’t do configuration management at present – how can I manage the products electronically?
    See P2Nav description and the P2Nav brochure.
     
  12. I can’t get board members to play their roles – what now?
    See the P2 implementation document.
     
  13. Operational priorities cause me to lose control of resources – what now?
    Wherever possible source project managers from the PMO and consider using external project resources. 
  14. I really need project support but I don’t get cooperation – what now?
    Become efficient at using the organisation’s configuration management system.
    See P2Nav description and the P2Nav brochure.
     
  15. The board won’t give me enough time to plan thoroughly, they just want delivery! What now?
    See P2 Implementation.
     
  16. Our finance department is slow to pay suppliers.  Some suppliers have almost had to apply for insolvency. How should I correct this problem?
    PRINCE2 ® does not address this problem directly.  You could consider inviting someone from finance to play the role of Project Assurance or Senior User to represent the interests of the BUSINESS and USER.
     
  17. Many of my projects are “justified” through political decisions.  When politic changes or people are re-assigned, my project justification is reduced and at times removed.  Does PRINCE2 ® eventuality allow for this?
    The project board is responsible for ensuring the project justification at all times. Circumstances effecting justification change, an issue or exception should be raised for a response from the board.
Introduction
 
The PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner course provides participants with a detailed knowledge of the PRINCE2® methodology including the seven processes, seven principles and seven themes central to running a project using the PRINCE2® method. This course prepares the participant to act as a lead member of a project management team using the PRINCE2® method within a project environment supporting PRINCE2®.
 

 

​PRINCE2 ® :

  • is an established best practice and governance course for project management
  • can be applied to any type of project
  • is widely recognised 
  • provides explicit recognition of project responsibilities
  • clarifies (for all parties) what a project will deliver, why, when, by whom and for whom
  • has plans that are carefully designed to meet the needs of the different levels in the management team, improving communication and control
  • is based on a ‘management by exception’ framework which enables efficient and economic use of management time (whether at corporate, programme, Project Board or project management levels).

Further benefits of PRINCE2 ® can be found on page 7 of the reference manual

Who will benefit from the course?

Project Managers, Programme Managers, Sourcing Managers, Procurement Managers, Contract Managers, Facilities Managers, Travel Managers, Key-Account Managers, Risk Managers, Operations Managers, General Managers, Strategic Managers, Contract Managers, Project Support, Finance, IT.