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Thursday, 5 March 2015

5 PRINCE2 myths you might still believe


By Sarah Morgan


PRINCE2 is the most popular project management certification in the world, but it’s not immune to misconceptions and myths. It’s crucial that you know the facts – believe the myths and you might miss out on the career boost you need.

How much do you really know about PRINCE2? Here are our top 5 PRINCE2 myths you might still believe:


Myth #1 - You have to write an essay for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam

Timed essays can be a nerve-wracking experience - often feeling like a test of endurance rather than knowledge.

You might be relieved to learn that several years ago the PRINCE2 Foundation dropped its essay style examination in favour of a multiple-choice test. Plus, even if you originally passed the essay style Foundation exam and are attempting a recertification, you will instead take the multiple choice examination.

However, it’s worth noting that the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is not multiple-choice and instead consists of eight 10 mark questions.

The current PRINCE2 certification exams are structured as follows:

PRINCE2 2009 Foundation Exam
Multiple choice format
60 minutes duration
75 questions
5 trial questions not counted in score
35 of 70 (50%) marks required to pass

PRINCE2 2009 Practitioner Exam
Open-book examination
8 x 10 mark questions
44 of 80 (55%) marks required to pass
2.5 hours


Myth #2 - PRINCE2 is only for professionals in the IT industry

PRINCE2 is not just applicable to the IT industry. The opposite is true: PRINCE2 is a generic project management methodology that can be applied to any project across any industry.

In fact, this adaptable and flexible approach is a major contributor to PRINCE2’s global popularity. With over 1 million exams taken in over 150 countries, a huge number of industries are clearly taking advantage of the PRINCE2 methodology.

The myth that PRINCE2 only applies to IT likely originates from the first use of the methodology. Originally developed as ‘PRINCE’ in the 1980’s to support the UK Government’s IT projects, its potential was soon realised. As a result, in 1996, the generic and adaptable PRINCE2 we know today was introduced.


Myth #3 - PRINCE2 is only useful for project managers looking for a job

You’ll find a large number of project manager job adverts specifying the need for candidates to possess the PRINCE2. The notion that the PRINCE2 certification is just a means of finding employment is held by some of the more cynical.


Yoel / morgueFile

While it is true that the PRINCE2 will help qualify you for project management jobs, this is by no means the only benefit of the certification. The skills you learn from PRINCE2 will improve your projects, save your organisation money and cut project overrun.

Find out about the benefits of PRINCE2 (and how to convince your manager to pay for it!) in this blog post.


Myth #4 - You need a lifetime of project management experience to take a PRINCE2 course

There are no solid prerequisites to attend a course and pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam. This certification is open to everyone and you don’t need any prior qualifications or real world experience.

Whether you’re a project management professional, or are looking for a change of career, there’s nothing stopping you from getting the PRINCE2 Foundation certification. Though, as you might expect, you must have passed the PRINCE2 Foundation exam to take on the Practitioner.

There’s nothing stopping you from getting both PRINCE2 certifications, but to make the most of your new certs, you’re going to also need some solid project management experience. The PRINCE2 teaches you a method but it doesn’t cover the real world skills you’ll need to become a successful project manager. The best way to get these skills is through experience.


Myth #5 - PRINCE2 takes too much time

PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner courses are generally short (4-5 days) and well worth the investment.

However, for some a five day course is simply too much commitment; you might not be in a position to sacrifice an entire working week (and your manager might not appreciate it either!)

There are even faster routes to getting your PRINCE2 certification. With accelerated learning, you could be both Foundation and Practitioner PRINCE2 certified in only three days. Or attend a weekend course and you’ll only be away from the office for one day.


For more information on PRINCE2 take a look at the Axelos website. Or to get PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner certified in just three days, visit our site.


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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 17 November 2014

PRINCE2 vs. PMP - which certification should you choose?


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PRINCE2 and PMP are both well-known and respected project management certifications. But it’s not always easy to know which one to achieve. And whilst they’ll both give your project management skills a boost, what’s the use if you can’t apply your new knowledge in the workplace?

Let’s pit these two certifications against each other and take a look at what they can do to boost your career.

Introducing PRINCE2 & PMP

PRINCE2 - Projects in Controlled Environments

Originally developed by the UK’s Office of Government Commerce, it is now regarded as the de-facto standard for project management in the country. It also exerts a visible influence across Europe and Australia.

With over a million total PRINCE2 exams taken, it’s also the most popular project management methodology in the world.

According to arras People’s 2013 UK Project Management Benchmark, the PRINCE2 is held by 63% of all project management professionals.


PMP Project Management Professional

PMP is built around PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK). Administered and created in the USA, the PMP has become the primary project management certification for North America.

Despite being less known in Europe than PRINCE2, it’s certainly not unknown and is increasingly gaining in popularity.

According to arras People’s 2013 UK Project Management Benchmark, the PMP is held by 9% of all project management professionals.


What do these certs cover?

PRINCE2

There are two levels of certification within the PRINCE2: Foundation and Practitioner. You’ll have to pass both to become a registered PRINCE2 practitioner.

PRINCE2 is a project management methodology that covers the management, control and organisation of a project. You’ll learn a flexible and adaptable framework that suits a wide variety of different projects.

This certification follows a sophisticated and clearly defined methodology that outlines detailed steps and processes that your project needs to achieve success in a controlled environment.

The well-laid out and standard approach that PRINCE2 uses is designed to be as generic as possible. As a result, the PRINCE2 processes are recommended for just about any kind of project.

PRINCE2 also helps to eliminate ambiguity by laying out clear roles and responsibilities of the team including: project executive, project manager, senior supplier, financier and senior user.

You don’t need previous project management experience to achieve this qualification and even experienced professionals can benefit from the PRINCE2.

PMP

Unlike the PRINCE2, the PMP is structured around the PMBoK and is a project management standard. You’ll become familiar with PMBoK processes and accepted project management techniques to enable you to evaluate your own projects.

It is therefore more of a theoretical and referential guide to assist you in the management of projects.
This certification evaluates your advanced knowledge of project management. As such you are expected to have existing project management experience.

To even apply for the PMP you’ll need at least 5 years of project management experience with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects. You’ll also need 35 hours of project management education (which can actually be gained by completing a PRINCE2 course).


How long will your certification last?

PRINCE2

As a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner you must be be re-registered within 3-5 calendar years of your original certification. Failure to pass the Re-Registration examination after five calendar years as a Registered Practitioner will result in withdrawal of your registered status.

PMP

After achieving your PMP qualification you must participate in PMI’s Continuiing Certification Requirements (CCR) program to maintain your active certification status.

During the three-year cycle, you must attain 60 professional development units (PDUs). Once your three-year cycle is up, it starts all over again.

You’ll be obtaining PDUs by engaging in project management activities related to your PMP certification. PDUs are split into two categories: Education PDU and Giving Back to the Profession PDU. For more information on how you obtain PDUs, take a look at PMI’s official PMP handbook.


Industry needs and cultural differences

We recommend you thoroughly research your project management certification choices depending on the industry you work, or want to work in. Every industry will treat these certifications differently - you don’t want to achieve a cert which might prove to be less valuable than its counterpart.

When job-hunting in the UK and the EU as a whole, we recommend first taking the PRINCE2. As we mentioned earlier the PRINCE2 is immensely popular - especially in the UK where it is favoured by government.


Benefits – the bottom line

PRINCE2

1. Possibly the best introduction to project management

With its lack of prerequisites, PRINCE2 provides the ideal entry-level qualification for a career in project management. With a clear methodology, the PRINCE2 can take beginners and quickly transform them into educated project managers.

2. Improved career and employment prospects (in the UK and EU)

The PRINCE2 can improve your career prospects across the UK and EU. Due to its popularity in Europe and strong government ties, it is viewed favourably by employers.

 3. A standardised and complete methodology

The PRINCE2 provides a clear methodology that you can continually apply to almost any project. Plus, by using the same approach across every project, you’ll eliminate confusion through the use of common procedures, documents and processes.

PMP

1. Improved salary prospects

The PMP demands tougher prerequisites. It’s harder to achieve and as a result it commands higher salaries.

PMI Project Management Professional jobs display an average advertised salary of £60,000 according to data from ITJobsWatch.co.uk

2. You’ll have up-to-date skills

Unlike PRINCE2, PMP demands commitment to your project management career. As a result of the Continuing Certification Requirements, you’ll need to stay active within the project management community. This means, whether you want to or not, you’ll be continually sharpening your skills. Make no mistake; employers will be aware of this factor.

3. PMI Membership

When you obtain your PMP certification, you can gain PMI Membership. As a PMI member you’ll get exclusive access to publications, networking opportunities and professional development opportunities. You’ll be able to easily connect with peers, grow your career using an expansive collection of knowledge resources and get access to a premium job board for project management.


So who won?

The smoke has cleared and incredibly, both project management certifications are still standing.

This guy just loves project management
morguefile / Ambro
Our project management instructor argues that, in a perfect world, you would have both certifications.  PRINCE2 provides a tried-and-true methodology whilst PMP provides the skills and knowledge required by the Project Manager to carry a project through to completion.

Achieve both and you’ll possess an encompassing and rounded approach to project management.

We recommend you thoroughly research both certifications, depending on what your long-term goals are, which side of the world you’ll be working from and in what industry.

Find out more about PMP and PRINCE2 here.

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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

How to convince your manager to pay for PRINCE2 Training


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Becoming PRINCE2 certified will verify your ability to manage and organise successful projects. But, it’s not always easy to get certified independently - especially whilst trying to juggle your career, family and social life. A helping hand from your organisation could make all the difference.

After all, it’s in your manager’s best interest for you to be more qualified.  The more skilled you are at your job, the more you can contribute to your company.

Educate yourself about PRINCE2 and put across a compelling argument. Get started with these convincing points:


Keep an eye on scope creep
courtesy of 2nix
1. It will save your organisation time and money

1 in 6 projects have a cost overrun of 200% and a schedule overrun of nearly 70%, according to a study by the Harvard Business Review.

Scope creep is defined as uncontrolled and continuous change or growth in a project’s end date. It will cost your organisation the most finite of resources - time and money.

The ‘moving goal posts’ effect of scope creep is often a result of unforeseen changes to the projects requirements. Unfortunately, this typically results in exceeding your initial timescales and budgets. It also has the potential to worsen as the project progresses - you’ll have a hard time planning for a project that is in a constant state of flux. 

But, by using an established project management methodology like PRINCE2, you can manage and prevent scope creep as it happens. Topics like The Process-based Approach, Risk Management Strategy and Baselines for Control will teach you valuable lessons in the management of scope creep.

A reduction in the cost of projects across your organisation is a tangible bargaining chip for winning over your manager. Plus, with PRINCE2’s standardised methodology, you’ll be able to manage any unavoidable change within your projects whilst still maintaining your original objectives.


2. Bring some much needed clarity to your projects

PRINCE2 focuses on providing a tried-and-tested framework and methodology in which to manage projects clearly and efficiently. Your projects will benefit from a common and consistent approach that your stakeholders can take confidence in. 

Clearly measure the success of your endeavours within a standardised system and you’ll be able to provide accurate reports to your project’s stakeholders. Without an over-reliance on bureaucracy, PRINCE2 promotes consistency, continuous improvement and troubleshooting for your projects.

Explain to your superiors how PRINCE2 can provide a standardised framework for every project your organisation undertakes. PRINCE2 gives your organisation greater control of its resources.

The earlier you can adopt the methodology, the better. Fewer costly organisational mistakes will be made and those that are made can easily be tracked and improved upon.


3. It’s Government-backed

PRINCE2 was launched by the UK Government in 1996 and is now recognised as the international standard method for project management because it embodies years of best practice.

According to arras People’s 2013 UK Project Management Benchmark, the PRINCE2 qualification is held by 63% of all Project management professionals - that’s markedly more than the competing PMP (9%) and MSP (23%) accreditations.

With over a million exams taken globally, it’s already recognised as the world’s most popular project management methodology. Press the importance of getting your organisation to take advantage of this industry standard.


4. You’ll only have to take 1 day off work to get fully certified

PRINCE2 is split into a Foundation and Practitioner level. Foundation measures whether you would be able to work within a PRINCE2 project team whereas the Practitioner focuses upon your skill at leading your own PRINCE2 project.

Complete both qualifications in just 3 days and return to work fully qualified to lead a PRINCE2 team. It’s taken over the weekend with only 1 day out of the office - even your manager will have a hard time arguing with that.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 11 July 2014

The minimalist guide to PRINCE2


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Whether you want to lead your own projects or need to work alongside other PRINCE2 qualified – it’s becoming increasingly important in business for both employers and employees.

PRINCE2 is the de-facto standard for project management in the UK. According to arras People’s 2013 UK Project Management Benchmark, the PRINCE2 qualification is held by 63% of all Project management professionals - that’s markedly more than the competing PMP (9%) and MSP (23%) accreditations.

With over a million exams taken globally, it’s already recognised as the world’s most popular project management methodology. Unlike its predecessor, PRINCE, the PRINCE2 is designed to be general and useable in all projects from small to large.  


The qualification covers the management, control and organisation of a project. It embodies years of best practice in project management and provides a flexible and adaptable framework to suit different projects. 

But perhaps the most important aspect of PRINCE2 is that it’s so widely recognised and understood. As a result, those experienced in PRINCE2 will find they share a common language, enabling a more streamlined and standardised process when cooperating on projects.

There are two levels of certifications within PRINCE2:


The foundation exam measures whether a candidate would be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 methodology. Though there are no formal pre-requisites, though you’ll need to show understanding of the principles, terminology of the PRINCE2 methods to pass the exam.

The certification is recommended for:

  •           New and experienced project staff
  •           Project Managers
  •           Team managers
  •           Support staff

As the name suggests, the Practitioner exam tests whether a candidate would be able to apply the PRINCE2 methodology to the running and managing of a project. You must be able to exhibit the competence required to apply and tune PRINCE2 to address the needs of a specific project scenario.

This certification is recommended for:

  •           Project Managers
  •           General Managers
  •           Programme Managers
  •           Project Management consultants

To become a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner you’ll have to pass both the ‘Foundation’ and ‘Practitioner’ exams.


What’s in it for me?

PRINCE2 certified professionals earn an average salary of £50,000 in the UK, with that figure rocketing up to £75,000 for senior-level roles. You’ll gain the skills needed to feel confident in the management of your own projects and you’ll gain the know-how to work effectively alongside others using the common PRINCE2 systems and procedures.

It’s also a great certification to have on your resume. PRINCE2 is an international product with hundreds of companies around the world wanting new and existing staff to be certified. Just a cursory glance at online job postings yields a wealth of companies searching for employee’s that can prove they are experienced with PRINCE2.

And my organisation?

The Harvard Business Review found that, after an analysis of 1,471 IT projects, 1 in 6 projects had a cost overrun of 200% and a schedule overrun of nearly 70%.

Adopting PRINCE2 as your organisations standard will improve your ability to deliver projects. With a widely recognised standard, your projects will be more efficient, both in terms of cost savings and smart use of resources. You’ll be able to clearly measure the success of your endeavours within a standardised system which in turn will give you a clear goal to strive towards.

Already have the PRINCE2?

Candidates that have passed both PRINCE2 exams can undertake the PRINCE2 Professional qualification. 


Get PRINCE2 certified in the fastest way possible

If you want to get the PRINCE2 certifications, but don’t have the time to spend every other evening locked away self-studying, there is another option. Complete both the Foundation and Practitioner certifications in just 3-days on the fastest PRINCE2 course in the world.

Get a career boost for yourself and improve your organisations efficiency with a PRINCE2 certification.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Eight reasons why you should get PRINCE2® certified


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There are various project management certifications available, however the PRINCE2® is definitely one of the most prestigious, popular, and practical. The certification is internationally recognised and PRINCE2 certified project managers are sought after.

Get certified and you’ll be able to implement PRINCE2 in your projects. 
Here’s why your organisation needs it:

Tried & TestedPRINCE2 has been one of the fundamental methodologies in project management for over 30 years. A methodology so mature can really make a difference in certain projects, because of the solid foundation with precedents from the past.

Clear Organisation Structure: PRINCE2 outlines clear roles and responsibilities. Team members are assigned a role or roles at the beginning of the project. With clearly defined roles, it is ensured that team members are aware of their tasks and understand their responsibilities.

Planning: In order to deliver the project successfully, PRINCE2 divides it into smaller, more manageable stages. Following the methodology large-scale projects will be more manageable, and project milestones can be achieved more easily.

Standardisation: With the PRINCE2 methodology in practice, everyone involved in the project is using a common approach and language. The standardised procedures reduce the chances of miscommunications and bring clarity to the project, while time can also be saved in auditing and recruitment.  

Step by Step Method: PRINCE2 provides project managers with a step by step method from start to finish. It focuses on the project’s deliverables, making the project an organised and controlled process. The methodology also allows for regular reviews of the project’s progress against the plan, so any risks or potential problems can be dealt with promptly.

Customisation: PRINCE2 is not carved into stone. It can be tailored to fit the agenda of any organisation and project. It’s suitable for projects of any size and type.

Change Management: Organisations can be subject to change throughout a project. PRINCE2 addresses change by ensuring regular project reviews are carried out to monitor the continued viability of the project and making sure that adequate change management is in place.

Free to Use: PRINCE2 is free to use, which means any business, regardless of size or type can benefit from it.

Get certified on our world exclusive, three-day long PRINCE2 course. You’ll get both the Foundation & Practitioner exams in one go.   

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.