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There are changes afoot to the Best Management Practice portfolio; from January 1st 2014, PRINCE2, ITIL and Best Practice Suite Programs like MSP will have a new Accreditor called Axelos.
So what does this mean for those with APMG certificates? Are they worthless now? Is PRINCE2 going to change dramatically and require an overhaul of retraining within organisations using the framework?
In short: no. But these developments are worth keeping an eye on leading up to the handover in 2014.
Axelos is a joint venture between the government and the firm Capita (who will own 49% and 51% respectively). Axelos will be taking over from APMG after submitting the winning bid on a re-tender from the government but it's not as clean cut as just a straight replacement.
As a provider of PRINCE2 Training, ITIL Courses and MSP Training, this is big news for us here at Silicon Beach, and for the many businesses that come to us for their Best Management Practice courses.
In this post we'll briefly examine the details of the deal, and more importantly, discuss any potential impact it may have on you as either an existing or future PRINCE2 (or ITIL or MSP) Practitioner.
Within the PRINCE2 framework, the relationship between the corporate/programme management and the project management is important to define, especially with regard to progress. In this post, we'll explain the roles that corporate/programme management (hitherto c/p management) must fulfill and clearly set out the responsibilities of the project management in terms of notifying and updating c/p management on the progress of the project.
You can learn how to apply PRINCE2 to your projects on our PRINCE2 Practitioner Course.
For c/p management, it's about spending as little time as possible involved in the project whilst still maintaining overall control. This is termed 'management by exception'. Effectively this means that the c/p management approve the initial project plan and it's constraints, and then receive weekly or monthly updates (or whatever interval is appropriate for the time-frame) from the project management. So long as everything is running within the approved constraints, there should be no need for regular face-to-face meetings.
If the project does go outside of these pre-approved parameters then it is the c/p management's prerogative as to whether a review meeting is necessary.
Aside from overall approval of the direction and parameters of the project, the c/p management has other responsibilities to ensure the project runs effectively:
Claudine trains our MSP and PRINCE2 courses, with a wealth of experience in both project and programme management. In this post, she shares her tips for using risk management to reduce issues during projects and programmes.
Many of us are familiar with fighting fires and dealing with crises when we are managing projects or programmes, but what is the best way of handling them and can they be prevented?
The first step to managing these situations effectively is to have in place a risk management approach. Risks are uncertain events that if they were to occur could have a positive or a negative impact on your project or programme. By having in place an approach to manage these uncertain events, many can be mitigated and may never materialise as an issue.
Issues sometimes arise as a result of an event occurring which if identified early enough as a risk, could have been prevented.
So how are risks best managed?
Firstly, find out if your organisation has a standard approach to risk management, as a consistent approach should be used. If not, a few simple steps should be followed:
By popular demand, we present our downloadable MSP Practitioner Exam Tips PDF. We created this to help prepare those coming on our MSP Practitioner course for the exam, and have since been overwhelmed by how valuable it has proven to be!
The MSP Practitioner Exam is taken on the final day of our MSP Practitioner training course. We are very proud of our pass rates - so proud in fact that we offer a MSP exam pass guarantee!
We feel that one of the reasons our training has such good results - both in terms of exam pass rates and feedback from delegates after returning to work - is that we provide extensive support before the course begins and once it's under way. This download is just one way we put together workbooks and resources above and beyond the MSP manual.
Of course, knowledge of MSP theory is needed to pass the practitioner exam, and the course covers this in depth. Our trainers also provide real life case studies to help put the theory into context and to make your training easy to apply once you return to work. Finally, we provide focused exam tips to help you understand what will be expected of you during the exam.
New technology develops at an alarming rate. Business gets more competitive by the day; demands for speed and quality require new thinking and revised processes. Here we list some current trends and challenges for project managers.
Today’s project managers need to update their processes in line with business, customer and stakeholder expectations. Collaboration is a common theme.
Adoption of Collaborative Software Solutions
The use of collaborative technologies is on the rise. The use of Google Docs and SharePoint is becoming more commonplace. Virtual workers and projects require efficient ways of communication and collaboration.
Automatic and central distribution and control of documents has never been easier.
Agile Project Management
As projects become increasingly complex, project managers need to be increasingly flexible. Businesses and organisations are beginning to adopt Agile Project Management practices and combining them with traditional project management. Many are using Agile to inform and develop a new set of strategies for coping with projects, adapting methods for team collaboration and communication.
Agile Project Management Training enables you to gain Agile Practitioner Certification, enabling you to successfully manage Agile projects.