Does this scenario seem familiar to you? You have been tasked with leading projects that will transform operations to achieve a beneficial future state. But simultaneously, you need to maintain “business-as-usual” or BAU. As the pace, amount and complexity of change continue to increase, the task remains a crucial challenge for organisations.
This challenge creates a natural tension that requires more time and money to manage than anticipated. Businesses roll out projects to transform their operations. So, project management is how the transformation process is executed.
The PRINCE2® Foundation Course helps you explore how to minimise disruption as you bring about transformation. Discover the business benefits organisations can attain by adopting a structured, controlled, repeatable and robust project management method.
What is PRINCE2®?
It stands for PRojects IN Controlled Environments. It is a generic and structured project management method based on a wealth of experience drawn from thousands of projects undertaken in organisations worldwide. Input into the method has come from many stakeholders (project managers, sponsors, project teams, industry-leading experts, lecturers and consultants). And the final publication has gone through a rigorous review process to ensure it fully meets the needs of the project management community.
PRINCE2 is a method, a framework and an umbrella under which project management can be undertaken with efficacy. It provides guidance on how to run a project and why it should be done this way. But it draws the line at prescribing how things should be done.
PRINCE2 is about managing projects, not about doing the work; this is a subtle difference. If PRINCE2 concerned itself with doing, it would cease to be generic and lose some (or all) of its efficacy.
PRINCE2 is the ‘best practice’ project management method, published (on behalf of the UK Office of Government Commerce) by TSO (The Stationery Office). It is often implemented in public sector organisations in Commonwealth countries like Australia and New Zealand.
Learn about the Benefits of PRINCE2® through Foundation Courses
PRINCE2 benefits individual managers and directors involved with or leading projects. It also supports an organisation by offering a framework to control the use of resources and manage risks.
For organisations in the private sector, adopting and consistently using PRINCE2 offers advantages in the tender process as PRINCE2 is a known quantity, is generic and has a common language across industry sectors.
For the public sector, adapting PRINCE2 supports meeting legislative requirements and achieving strategic targets more effectively and efficiently.
For Voluntary, Third Sector, or Non-Profit Organisations, PRINCE2 will contribute to better project delivery.
For individuals, holding a PRINCE2 qualification will result in recognition from organisations and the project management industry that one has achieved a level of knowledge in the subject per the certification standards.
Explore the framework with a PRINCE2® Foundation Course
What is the PRINCE2 Foundation Certification? This is a question that students on the project management track sometimes ask course advisors at DDLS.
It is the Foundation Level certification that introduces the PRINCE2 method. The course is designed to confirm that you know and understand PRINCE2 well enough to work effectively with, or as a member of, a project management team in an environment supporting PRINCE2. The Foundation certification is also a pre-requisite for the Practitioner certification.
Other questions by students involve the difficulty level for getting a PRINCE2 foundation certification and implementing the framework.
The PRINCE2 Foundation examination is relatively easy and takes up to 3 weeks for thorough preparation. This includes going through the courseware, understanding the framework, studying its benefits and thinking about how they can apply to your projects.
Regarding implementation, experts and technical instructors advise that, as with projects involving different departments, vendors and partners, it requires keeping your eyes open, maintaining regular communication and preparing for situations requiring adjustments.
Start learning about PRINCE2®for Project Management with DDLS
PRINCE2® is a registered trademark of AXELOS. Axelos works closely with its certification partner, PeopleCert, to manage and accredit the PRINCE2 Agile certification, often in conjunction with accredited training partners like DDLS.
PeopleCert is one of the leading players in the global certification industry, partnering with multinational organisations and government bodies to develop and manage globally recognised certification schemes. PeopleCert has delivered millions of exams in over 150 countries.
DDLS is the largest corporate IT and process training provider in Australia, with campuses in New Zealand and the Philippines. We have been delivering Project Management training courses since 1999 for the IT industry and top 100 ASX corporations.
Our interactive training and workshops will give you a solid foundation in the concepts, tools and techniques of Project Management. And with DDLS Anywhere, students can choose to undertake these studies on-site or online – allowing flexible delivery to suit their personal needs and schedule.
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