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The Knowledge Academy PRINCE2® Training day course covers the following topics:
The Knowledge Academy Materials and Trainers
- The Knowledge Academy PRINCE2® course materials and trainers are accredited by BCS. ensuring that delegates receive a consistently high standard of training. The Knowledge Academy course materials are regularly assessed and maintained in line with stringent standards administered by BCS. The Knowledge Academy trainers are regularly assessed by The Knowledge Academy and BCS. to ensure that their knowledge of Project Management and PRINCE2® are strong enough to deliver training that helps delegates extract maximum benefit from attending our courses.
- The Knowledge Academy PRINCE2®courses materials are based on the 2009 edition of, “Managing Successful Projects using PRINCE2®,” and include examinations based on this manual.
The Knowledge Academy PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner event is designed to maximise delegates’ potential in the PRINCE2® training environment.
Following confirmation of booking The Knowledge Academy will send the Pre-Course work to the delegate. This work consists of;
- 1) Reading 3 chapters of the PRINCE2® manual, “Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2®”
- 2) Pre-course workbook to be completed by the Delegate and handed to Trainer at the start of course.
- 3) 70 multiple choice Questions to test your PRINCE2® with detailed answers
The pre-course work on a The Knowledge Academy course will require around 15 hours of study prior to the course start date. The Knowledge Academy PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner training event is an intensive 5 day course that includes the PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner examinations within the course. Upon booking, Joining Instructions that describe the course location and other administrative details will also be emailed. In addition, delegates will be required to complete a MINIMUM of 2 hours homework each evening which will be set by the instructor.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however, candidates must achieve a pass at Foundation level before attempting to complete the Practitioner examination.
- A 75 question multiple choice examination with a pass mark of 35 out of 70. Success in this examination indicates that the candidate would be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 method within a project environment supporting PRINCE2. Please note that success in the Foundation examination is a prerequisite for that candidate to move forward to the Practitioner examination.
PRINCE2®: 2009 Practitioner Exam Format
- A 80 question Objective Test Examination with a pass mark of 44 out of 80 (55%). Success in this examination indicates that the candidate could apply PRINCE2® to the running and managing of a non-complex project within an environment supporting PRINCE2®. This is the top level of PRINCE2® qualification.
- The Knowledge Academy PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner 5 day course follows a two part structure. The first three days of the course involve familiarisation with the content of the PRINCE2® manual, preparing for the Foundation examination. Following successful completion of the Foundation examination, delegates will spend one day preparing for the PRINCE2® Practitioner examination, sitting this examination on the final day of the course.
- The Knowledge Academy PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner 5 day course covers the following topics:
- Principles of PRINCE2®
- Business Case Theme
- Organisation Theme
- Quality Theme
- Plans Theme
- Risk Theme
- Change Theme
- Progress Theme
- Starting up a Project Process
- Directing a Project Process
- Initiating a Project Process
- Controlling a Stage Process
- Managing Product Delivery Process
- Managing a Stage Boundary Process
- Closing a Project Process
- Tailoring PRINCE2® to the project environment
Why choose The Knowledge Academy?
- We have found a way to make your learning experience enjoyable.
- We are trusted by globally leading brands as a learning partner of choice, for example JP Morgan, HSBC and Sony.
- We provide pre and post course support so you never feel alone
- All of our training is hands on we use real world examples and bring them to life
- As a market leader, globally, we have an extremely high pass rate
- We are a global company and are recognised as a leading brand for professional education
- Over 90% of our delegates come back to us for further training
- As a trusted brand, we are renowned for our focus on education and ensuring YOU pass.
- We have the best instructors in the industry which is reflected in our position as the market leader for professional qualifications
- We provide value for money and have trained over 25,000 delegates in 2011
- You ONLY get first class treatment with The Knowledge Academy
- We have some of the most luxurious course venues worldwide
- The official Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® course manual
- The Knowledge Academy Courseware Book
- Pre-Course Material
- Experienced Instructor
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An Introduction to Project Management
The Knowledge Academy is the largest training provider around the world for project management. Due to the increasing level of importance given to project management, The Knowledge Academy provides the PRINCE2 training course nationwide on a weekly basis. PRINCE2 has become more and more important within the world of business due to the increasing demand for a good project manager.
Managing a project as a whole is a very old concept, in fact there are stories relating back to ancient times about the activities we would now call projects. Even the challenges facing building the pyramids in Egypt and South America would have been an activity that would have been managed. However, the concept of a project originated in the 1960’s and was primarily applied to major infrastructure works. At that time project management involved little more than planning the actual work. Moreover, in the 1970’s the attention switched to controlling the world and after that the personal skills of the project manager came under scrutiny. More recently, in the 1990’s the attention then shifted again toward a process based approach to project management. Since then there has been more and more focus on the environment in which projects are implemented.
Therefore, project management has become a profession. In the past project management was simply a task taken on in addition to regular work whereas, nowadays project management is a separate profession from which many professionals are earning a good living. However, despite the increased professionalism projects still frequently fail and this is why a sound project management methodology should be adopted. Without a project management method various stakeholders may have different expectations for organising and completing a project of the amount of authority and responsibility they may have.
A good project management method should not be static. The environment and the market are subject to change and therefore projects must be managed in changing environments. This is why the PRINCE2 certification has increased in popularity, due to its flexibility.
An effective project management method helps the project manager to organise and manage a project in a continually changing environment, whilst still involving all the stakeholders. PRINCE2 is such a method and uses the fundamental principles of good project management.
When discussing project management, it is important to recognise the difference between a project and ‘business as usual’.
A frequently used definition of a project is; ‘A project is a time and cost restrained operation to realise a set of defined deliverables up to quality standards and requirements’.
PRINCE2 describes a project as; ‘A temporary organisation that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more business products according to an agreed Business Case’.
A temporary organisation entails staff temporarily being given a different set of responsibilities and authority.
Why are projects so important?
One of the most important reasons for working with projects is that the desired results simply cannot be achieved or can be achieved with difficulty. The project is temporary, in other words it has been created for certain duration of the project and differs in that respect from the line organisation. Working with projects is a good way of safeguarding support for and commitment to use the end result as early as possible. Therefore, projects have become a vital part of implementing changes within organisations.
What makes projects so different?
Each project has specific characteristics compared to standard business operations, including;
- Change – A project always means a change from the status quo, this can sometimes be a minor change or a major one. A temporary project organisation provides a good way of developing and safeguarding support for and commitment to use the end result early in the development stage by involving the different stakeholders.
- Temporary – This is a main feature of any project. Projects have a defined start and end date. The project will finish as soon as the pre-agreed or services have been delivered and handed over to the customer.
- Cross functional – A project has an organisation specifically set up for this purpose. What characterises a project organisation is that it comprises the different competencies and roles required for the project. This ensures that the project organisation is effective.
- Unique – Every project is different because every change is different. The result to be produced is different or there are different objectives. No two projects are ever the same.
- Uncertainty – All the specified characteristics of projects result in uncertainties. They can produce both opportunities and threats. Therefore, often during projects risk management is vital.
What is project management?
Project management is planning, delegating, monitoring and controlling all aspects of a project and motivating all parties involved to achieve the projects objectives within agreed targets pertaining time, costs, quality, scope, benefits and risks. The goal of project management is therefore to control all specialist work in such a way that the desired output of the project is produced. Thus, project management is a duty borne by all of those involved.
What is the role of a project manager?
The project manager is responsible within the limits set by the project board for the day to day management of the project. The project manager is therefore responsible for planning, delegating, monitoring and controlling the work within the project. In addition to this a project manager will;
- Get the stakeholders involved for the provision of input and reviewing the results to be delivered and generating support in order to mitigate any resistance.
- Planning and reviewing the benefits that are to be achieved together with the ultimate results of the project
- Motivating the project team members and other people involved in the project.
So, the reason many companies choose to use the PRINCE2 methodology is because the method focuses on managing projects in a changing environment with the Business Case as a gilding principle, addressing the commitment of all stakeholders and the control of the process. Thus, PRINCE2 places a great emphasis on controlling the process than to stick to the original principles.
Written by Jane Smith