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PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner

Organizations providing services need to be efficient, effective, excellent, and equitable, with the customer at the heart of everything they do. A customer focus principle plays just as important a role for small frontline units as it would for large corporate organizations. The objective of this course is to provide the delegate with the basic components of what contributes to customer service excellence. When you understand your role of being a catalyst, you will become a Strong Relationship builder and an authority in your subject. You will understand where people are coming from and be very good at setting and exceeding expectations. You will become a strong networker and be sensitive and tuned in to the feeling of the customer and be able to articulate the real issues to your own organization.

Les Clarke

Les is the founding partner of Stratsure CC, a Project and Programme Management training and consulting company based in Gauteng. He is also the Prince2 ® lead trainer for Stratsure. He started Stratsure in 2005 as a result of a very high demand for his time. His vision for Stratsure is to groom trainers to do more than just show-up, teach a course and walk away, but rather to have each person training and consulting under Stratsure’s name and be accountable for the huge transformational responsibility they have when wearing the Stratsure hat. He is passionately committed to each and every person reaching a deeper level of understanding of themselves and their abilities, and the contribution they have to make in the Project Management arena- anything less than that would be an absolute sell-out.

Les started his colourful career in Education after completing his BSc and U-Ed. He then went on to pioneer the IT industry and later completed his MBA. After many years in the Project Management industry; from SAA, Tshwane Municipality, IEC, Galeo, ABSA, Denel, IDC, IBM to RMB  his career has completed a full circle and today he finds himself most at home as the "King" of Prince2 ®.

Les has trained more than 300 Prince2 ® courses which includes visits all over Africa. Les has completed the MSP ® course Foundation and Practitioner and is preparing to become an MSP ® Trainer. Les has developed a Prince2 configuration management system that is Cloud based (P2Nav) in collaboration with TPG (a Microsoft Gold Partner).

Les lives in Pretoria, he loves to travel with his life partner- Cape Town is their second home. He has two daughters and three grandchildren. He is a keen athlete and has completed 21 Comrades Marathons.

Tsenolo Neo Mofokeng

Tsenolo is a PRINCE2 ® Trainer and Consultant for Stratsure. He has excellent communicational and organisational skills. He is a results driven Project Management professional with a proven track record to deliver Projects on time.Tsenolo has

strong technical ICT network and service administration skills. He has spent time at Neotel, Department of Finance, t DTI, UNISA, CSIR, HP and Phoka-Group plus many more.

Tsenolo is married with two daughters and lives in Pretoria.  He is fluent in English, Afrikaans, Southern Sotho, Setswana, Dutch and French.

David Musto

With a six-year legal background and nearly thirty years in high-school education, David has really enjoyed the exciting challenge of presenting PRINCE2 ® Project Management courses in the business and private sector. Under the expert guidance and mentorship of Les Clarke and the support of Belinda, David has disproved the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.

Married with two adult children, David has found the transition to adult-based education stimulating and refreshing. Early retirement has enabled him to re-fire his interest in community learning and upliftment. “The rewards of seeing people pass courses and examinations which assist them in their life journey are immensely satisfying,” he says.

Having had a love of the outdoors all his life, David’s interests include an involvement in sport, exercise and music.

Belinda

Belinda is a vivacious, vibrant, outgoing trainer who is passionate about PRINCE2 ®. Her enthusiasm and motivational skills make for interesting classroom lectures which keep her students attentive. Her mentor and father, Founder of Stratsure, has taught her commitment to excellence, determination, patience and kindness- this radiates into each delegate that walks through Stature’s doors.

Belinda spent 20 years in New York, where she studied a Diploma in Entrepreneurship, and obtained an ICF Coaching Certification. She worked and owned an Events Company during that period. She returned to her roots in Gauteng, South Africa with her children to assist with the growth of Stratsure.  “I am the luckiest person on the planet. Every day I get to hold the flash light so delegates can see that something that they did not see before they walked in is possible …”

  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®.
 
Course details / objectives
 
  • Produce detailed explanations of all processes, principles and themes and worked examples of all PRINCE2® products as they might be applied to address the particular circumstances of a given project Scenario
  • Show they understand the relationships between processes, principles and themes and PRINCE2® products and can apply this understanding
  • Demonstrate that they understand the reasons behind the processes, principles and themes
  • Apply PRINCE2® to the running and managing of a project within an environment supporting PRINCE2®
  • Apply and tune PRINCE2® to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario and different project circumstances
  • State which management products are input to, or output from, the processes
  • State the main purpose and key contents of the major management products
  • State the relationships between processes, deliverables, roles and the management dimensions of a Project
  • Pass the Foundation and Practitioner exams
  • Understand the level of responsibility, authority and accountability held by those involved in the project
  • Articulate the steps needed to guide the project through controlled, well-managed and visible sets of activities to achieve the desired results
 
Who should attend?
 
Project managers, consultants and support staff needing a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the project lifecycle along with the key management documents that should be created during each stage of a project.
 
 
The standard package inclusions
 
Delegates will receive a pre-course study guide, the official PRINCE2® reference manual, a course workbook (with copies of all slides used), the PRINCE2® syllabus, sample exams and the examination rationale (explanation of answers to questions).  The costs for the two examinations are included.  Refreshments and a light luncheon are also included.
 
Duration and Delivery
 
5 Day Instructor-led classroom.  The methodology will be covered during the first three days and this will include the foundation examination.  The fourth and fifth days will be used to work with sample project scenarios and practitioner examination preparation.
 
Evening work and exam preparation
 
Delegates should plan to spend time reviewing the day’s work and preparing for exams, during the evenings of the course.
 
Pre-course work
 
For 2 weeks before the course, participants should spend 2 hours each evening preparing.  The pre-reading consists of the PRINCE2® manual, which you will need to be familiar with.  For more information regarding the reading, please refer to the Pre-course Workbook.
 
Prerequisites
 
Participants must pass the PRINCE2® Foundation exam in order to participate in the PRINCE2® Practitioner exam.
 
Examination
 
PRINCE2® Foundation is a one hour exam performed at the end of the third day.  It is made up of 75 multiple choice questions.  The exam is closed book.  The pass mark is 50%.
PRINCE2® Practitioner is a 2.5 hours exam comprising 80 multiple choice questions.  The exam is open book.  The pass mark is 55%.  We recommend that it be taken a week or more after the end of the course.
 

​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.