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PRINCE2 and its global versatility

Written by Gary Murphy – Wed 11 Oct 2017

Some may be under the illusion that PRINCE2 is only valuable to those within the UK. Specifically, that the skills gained during the accreditation will only be applicable to the UK Information Technology market. You would be forgiven for thinking so with PRINCE’s history and origin. In the 1970’s, it began as PROMPTII Simpact Systems Ltd, created by the UK Government. In the 1980’s it underwent some changes was and renamed PRINCE. PRINCE2 came about in 1996 after the programme underwent further modifications. Another revision followed in 2009 and 2017 has brought us the latest update.

However, PRINCE2 is a versatile programme where the taught skills can be translated onto any project; whether it be organising a Bar Mitzvah, constructing and overseeing the building of a health clinic in Malawi, --READ MORE--to project management sectors in IT offices across the world.  

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PRINCE2 2017: What you Need to Know

Written by Elizabeth Sandwell – Wed 11 Oct 2017

PRINCE2 2017 - Everything you need to know!

The world’s most practised project management methodology, PRINCE2 is changing from this July. It’s been a long time coming - with the last update being implemented eight years ago in 2009. AXELOS announced the changes at the beginning of January and they appear to have been met with a good reception! The methodology has been substantially modernised to meet the latest project management ideologies which have permeated businesses in recent years.

But why is a PRINCE2 2017 update happening?

AXELOS, the accrediting body, has been monitoring feedback from all over the world and keeping up with any changes that happen over time. They are keen to acknowledge and respond accordingly. As such, they came to the conclusion that the syllabus and exams should be updated to make the courses more practical, authoritative and relevant.

The PRINCE2 2017 Syllabus: What is going to change?

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To the edge - what's it all about?

Written by John A G Smith – Wed 11 Oct 2017

There are many different ways to manage something and the methodologies of PRINCE2®AgileSCRUM and ITIL® help. In this post our expert John A G Smith explains how a system or 2  can keep our world spinning on the correct axis!

It’s all about systems.  Whether you’re looking at something as small as an individual business task or as large as a whole company, they’re all systems.  We’re surrounded by the things.  We live on a planet within the solar system.  Our shower is supplied by a hot water system.  I’m writing this on a computer system.  Indeed we are each our own individual system: the human body.

Image - Panel 6 Solar Systemm,  Ralph Buckley 

So what, I hear you say, is a system?  And what qualifies each mentioned above as one of them?

It is generally accepted that a system has five components: Inputs, outputs, processes, stores and a boundary.

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A Silicon Beach Training guide to lunch

Written by Sarah Longbottom – Wed 11 Oct 2017

For those of you that know Brighton, you can be a testament to the fact that it is filled with a myriad of great places to eat and drink for every kind of consumer. When you’re here for just a short time knowing where to go on your lunch break is of great importance to most!

Don’t stick to the boring sandwich but taste a bit of Brighton without breaking the bank, here are a few of our favorites...... our 7 lunch wonders of Brighton!

Our key to pricing:

£ - under a fiver

££ - between £5 and £10

Pastrami Sandwich from Flour Pot, Image courtesy of Restaurants Brighton

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Prince 2 a means to an end or the beginning of a journey?

Written by John Smith – Wed 11 Oct 2017

As a project management consultant I have bumped up against a number of PM methods … or ‘methodologies’ as we are being more and more encouraged to call them.  I’ve used PRISM, PROMPT, PMI PMP and PRINCE but, of them all, my favourite is PRINCE2 … ‘the project method is formerly known as PRINCE’.

Image by Yves Lorson from Kapellen, Belgium - Prince

But I have a problem.  When I hear a new project manager say, “I’ve just been appointed to run my first project so I’ve got to go on a PRINCE2 course,” I shudder.  There are a couple of reasons for this perverse behaviour and it’s nothing to do with the temperature.

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PRINCE2 and MSP eLearning Now Available at Silicon Beach

Written by Andy Trainer – Wed 11 Oct 2017

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

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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Project Management Software: Help or Hindrance?

Written by Andy Trainer – Wed 11 Oct 2017

Project Management Software. Helpful tool or just another complication?

From free online apps to enterprise solutions, there are hundreds of tools for collaborative and personal projects.

We want to know what the project management community really thinks about PM software.

Do you use free or paid software? Has PM changed for the better or worse?

Take our 1 minute survey to help us understand the PM community's view towards PM software.

We don't require any personal information and all answers will remain anonymous unless you agree for us to use a quote.

MS Project is the most widely used tool for managing projects, but how does it shape up to the latest online apps?

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PRINCE2 Quiz

Written by Andy Trainer – Wed 11 Oct 2017

Now you can test your knowledge of PRINCE2® with our interactive PRINCE2 Quiz!

Split into 11 bite-sized parts, this quiz tests your understanding of PRINCE2 2009 Themes and Processes.

Our PRINCE2 quiz is ideal for revision for your PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner exams or for testing your knowledge before coming on a PRINCE2 course.


For comprehensive instructor-led PRINCE2 training, examination and certification, delegates should attend one of our public PRINCE2 Foundation trainingPRINCE2 Practitioner training or the full qualification PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner in Brighton, UK

Head over to our PRINCE2 Resources page for more help with your PRINCE2 revision.

This PRINCE2 quiz is written by Silicon Beach Training and does not represent real PRINCE2 exam content.

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PRINCE2 Quiz Part 1: PRINCE2 Revision

Written by Andy Trainer – Wed 11 Oct 2017

Welcome to our PRINCE2® Quiz, which will test your knowledge of PRINCE2 Processes & Themes.

If you are completely new to PRINCE2, we recommend visiting our PRINCE2 Resources page, full of free guides, tips and diagrams to help learn about PRINCE2.

The quiz is made up of 11 Bite-Sized Parts - each with 5 questions.

It should take you no longer than two minutes to complete each part.

Get 5 or more correct answers to pass!

Quiz questions are written by Silicon Beach Training, this content is not supplied by AXELOS.

Passing this quiz does not indicate that you will pass a PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner Exam.

For full PRINCE2 training and certification attend a PRINCE2 Foundation or  PRINCE2 Practitioner course at Silicon Beach.

 

 

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Major Themes in Change Management

Written by – Wed 11 Oct 2017

Change management is the most significant leadership challenge of this decade. We are operating in an environment of fast paced change frequently driven by technological innovation. The scale of the change is far reaching often because business processes and system usage are so inter-dependent that a change in one can affect many others across different departments and functions.

For this reason effective change management requires matrix management, as the authority to change a process in all the departments that it moves through cannot be delivered through a silo based management structure.

We've been running Change Management Courses for years but recently added APMG's Certified Change Management Practitioner Course which is set to take off in 2014.

Change management brings together two distinct streams of work:

  • Delivery of structural change through the introduction of new systems, processes, people, product and service innovation and the creation of new markets, suppliers, customers and competitors.
  • Behavioural change leading to a new emphasis, new culture and values, and changed priorities for each individual impacted by the structural change.

Delivery of structural change can be “mechanised”, relying upon a foundation of project management processes and skills. Activities can be identified, their duration estimated, and schedules and plans developed with a reasonable level of certainty.

Behavioural change though requires an understanding of how the organisation operates as a living being, the power plays operating beneath the surface of the organisation structure, the values that individuals apply to their work and the forces that generate commitment, loyalty and motivation. Behavioural change can generate resistance, confusion and stress, decreased productivity and distancing of the individual from the ‘organisational good’.

As with structural change, resources in behavioural change must be assigned to take responsibility for developing and applying the change management methodology, communicating throughout the change, continuously measuring progress, recognising and rewarding results, and reinforcing change so it becomes embedded in the culture.

 

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