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I’m a Project Manager, I’ve done a PRINCE2 course – what next?

At SPOCE, people are often saying to us, “I’m a Project Manager, I’ve done a PRINCE2 course – what could I do next?” The answer, of course depends on a number of factors, for example: Would you like to broaden your project management knowledge? If this is the case, we may suggest something like APMP – based on the Association for Project Management‘s body of knowledge What sort of projects do you get involved in? Depending on this, we may suggest Agile PM as an approach. Do you work in a programme environment? In this case, the individual may have ...

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What Can I Do After I’ve Got My PRINCE2 Foundation?

Due to the popularity of PRINCE2 we find that all kinds of people actually take the PRINCE2 Foundation accreditation. They’re not all project management people either. Sure some are taking the PRINCE2 Foundation because they want to get into project management and PRINCE2 Foundation is seen as a first step in doing this (rightly or wrongly, this post is not about whether that’s the right thing to do). Others take it because they’ve somehow ended up in a position where they’re coming into contact with projects for the first time and want to take a course that can help them ...

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Why PRINCE2 is Still Popular

The project management census which is currently running (you can take part in it here) asks the question about project management training and accreditation. We want to know which ones project management practitioners prefer and this year we’ve also asked questions around specific roles – like Portfolio Manager, Programme Manager, PMO Manager etc. It makes sense that we dig deeper and find out if training and accreditation change depending on the role people perform. The results for that will be out in January 2015. In the meantime we are revisiting PRINCE2. Why? Because it is still the most popular project ...

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Scott Cassidy B&W


This week the Camel features posts related to PRINCE2. We kick off with the basics. Students often ask me which methodology is most useful in a project management environment. So I’ve attempted to answer this below… What’s in a name? First, let’s look at the acronyms: PRINCE® stands for Projects in Controlled Environments. The most common PRINCE2 qualifications are Foundation and Practitioner. PMI® stands for the Project Management Institute. The Institute publishes the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK). The qualification that is most commonly sought is PMP (Project Management Professional) A tale of two countries PRINCE2 is part of a ...

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Q&A Project Management Careers: Do I Go for a PM Role?

I have a couple of years of experience working as a junior project manager for a utilities company but no formal project management qualifications. I do, however, have a bachelors degree in engineering and a masters in town planning. I recently started working for a local council in London in their planning department in a relatively ‘low-level’ admin position to get my foot in the door in the ‘planning’ sector but I really want to get back into project management, ideally in the planning/development/built environment field. I’m not sure if I should get some more experience in planning and try ...

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Prince2 and the swirl portfolio update

Peter Hepworth has recently been appointed as CEO of the new joint venture company Cabinet Office is forming with Capita to run the Best Management Practice portfolio, including the MSP® and PRINCE2® professional standards. If you missed the initial announcement, check out last month’s newsletter. The new joint venture (JV) company will own the intellectual property of the portfolio of Best Management Practice products, originally developed by the UK Civil Service. It will also assume the management and support of accredited training organisations, accredited certification organisations and examination institutes. As of yet the JV has no name, but hopefully all ...

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Formal project management

Formal or informal project management?

Many of my conversations with people who are trying to break into a project management role often start with the question, “so why do you want to get into project management?”. The majority of the answers are initially quite woolly. It’s usually something like, “I enjoy working with a team to get something done” or “I’m a great organiser” or “I’ve had a taste for it since managing a small project at work“. When I then go on to ask, “Why would someone employ you to manage their projects?” suddenly the conversation has turned just that little bit more serious. ...

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Three Steps to Project Management Heaven

For a very long time people have argued over what defines project success. An answer is simple – success like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Five Successes Analysis of some beholder’s viewpoints show there are five themes in the key contenders for ‘the’ definition of a measure of success: The investor wants a return on their investment within the constraints that are their commercial reality – right thing done The PM’s boss wants the thing done right and to promises of time cost scope and quality – a quiet life The technicians in the team want an ...

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