After passing your PRINCE2 Foundation exam, you may wonder what you can do now to make yourself even more employable. Are there key skills you should develop? Is it worthwhile becoming a practitioner? Here are some tips on where to go from here.
It is always advantageous to have relevant experience when applying for any role, but whether you have been in project management for years or are just starting out, there are a number skills you should hone to make you a more suitable candidate. Africa Value Solutions (AVS) offers the PRINCE Foundation, Practitioner and PRINCE2 Re-Registration Examination by both e-Learning as well as instructor led classroom training. Visit: https://avs.co.ke/courses/e-learning/prince2-e-learning
To enhance what you learned during your PRINCE Foundation training, you could aim to develop your knowledge in the various PRINCE2 reports and their structures, PRINCE2 product- based planning and your ability to update a plan. Additionally, look into network planning, activity networks and configuration management as well as how to construct a project filing system. It will be worth your while to continue your training by taking the Practitioner exam.
If you really want to prove your knowledge and experience and have passed your PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification you are eligible to become a PRINCE2 Professional. PRINCE2 Professional is not an exam and it doesn’t require any training. You are simply assessed over a 2 1/2 day Assessment Centre where your experience and understanding of PRINCE2 will be observed by qualified Evaluators through roleplay and interview.
Benefits of being PRINCE2 qualified:
PRINCE2 Saves Time
This is the biggest benefit. Everyone on the project has a common approach to the work. There are common document sets, filing systems and procedures. Time is saved in recruitment, training and auditing of projects. The fog is lifted because everyone is on the same page
PRINCE2 is process based – it is a step by step method from conception to close. PRINCE2 has been proven over the years so whatever it is, when something happens on your project, there is a point, somewhere, in the methodology to deal with it. Once you can locate your situation in the method, the interlinked process and your common sense will take you to a successful outcome. You benefit from economy of effort: there is less need to come up with unique solutions every time
A Mature Methodology
PRINCE2 benefits from over 30 years of development in 1,000s of projects worldwide. It is tried and trusted. Updates are made every 2-3 years in the light of best practice and suggestions from an active user community.
PRINCE2 Saves Money
Business Case driven
The Business Case is the life support system for the PRINCE2 project: it must be in place, continually, from start through middle to the end of the project. If it is taken away the project has no justification, and should be stopped. PRINCE2 builds in mandatory updates and re-assessment of the Business Case at key points to ensure that the project is delivering something of value to the customer organization
Free to use
The cost to create an in house project management method has been estimated at between $200,000 – $500,000 by the UK Project Manager Today Magazine (August, 2002). Only the largest corporations can do this and, even then, will need to spend time and money training new staff, external suppliers and partners in their proprietary approach. Using PRINCE2 allows all parties to hit the ground running. You will benefit from PRINCE2’s absence of licensing fees, “per seat” charges, support costs etc
PRINCE2 is front loaded: a lot of effort is devoted to ensuring that the project is viable and worthwhile before proceeding. Even when this is established, further effort is dedicated to making sure that the project is properly planned, risks are considered and the customers requirements and quality clearly understood. Failure or cessation at the point of project validation and planning is cheap compared to errors or misunderstandings which come to light in products once they have been built.
PRINCE2 delivers Quality and Compliance
Product Based Planning (PBP)
All PRINCE2 plans begin with Product Based Planning. During PBP clear Product Descriptions are created to specify the composition, quality and checking arrangements for project outputs (products). Product Descriptions provide a common quality standard for each deliverable and are the basis of management approval (before work begins), production and quality checking. Product Based Planning allows all members of the Project Team to work together to deliver quality products
Change can bring chaos to a project – but it is inevitable. PRINCE2’s approach to change provides for the capture and analysis of all project issues. Decision making is made at the appropriate level, and documented clearly
Defined Roles and Responsibilities
Each member of a PRINCE2 Project Management Team has a written role description specifying their responsibilities. This is done before the project even begins so that all team members understand their responsibilities
The PRINCE2 Method can be mapped to other quality and compliance standards such as ISO or SOX. PRINCE2 can form part of an organization’s overall Quality Management System
If you are interested in moving forward and taking your Practitioner exam or Professional certification, contact Africa Value Solutions (AVS) for more information. https://avs.co.ke/about-us/contact