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PRINCE2 and MSP eLearning Now Available at Silicon Beach

Written by Andy Trainer – Tue 30 Sep 2014

New for October 2014: Gain your PRINCE2 and MSP Practitioner Qualifications online with our APMG accredited range of eLearning packages.

PRINCE2 and MSP eLearning

PRINCE2 and MSP training continue to rise in popularity but not everyone can take a full week off work to attend a training course.

eLearning allows you to gain your certificate in your own time, at your own pace and for less than a classroom based course.

Choose from a range of packages including our complete Practitioner package that includes everything you need to gain your PRINCE2 or MSP Practitioner certificate:

  • 6 months access to eLearning
  • Official AXELOS manual
  • Accredited trainer support
  • Foundation and Practitioner exam simulations
  • Online Foundation exam
  • Online Practitioner exam

Click here for a demo of the eLearning platform or call us on 01273 622272 for more information.

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How Does the Axelos PRINCE2 Take-Over Affect Me?

Written by Andy Trainer – Wed 14 Aug 2013

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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 TrainingITIL 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.

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PRINCE2: Corporate/Programme Management Controls

Written by Andy Trainer – Mon 17 Dec 2012

PRINCE2-Corporate-programme-management-controlsWithin 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.

Philosophy

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:

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Reduce Project Issues with Effective Risk Management

Written by Claudine – Thu 20 Sep 2012

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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:

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MSP Exam Tips - Free Download

Written by Andy Trainer – Thu 19 Jul 2012

MSP exam tips downloadBy 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.

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