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There are many different ways to manage something and the methodologies of PRINCE2®, Agile, SCRUM 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.
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.
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 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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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.
Learn something new about Project Management on International Project Management Day.
Below is my list of what I think are the best project management resources, guides, tips and blog posts published on our site. I've put them together today in recognition of International Project Management Day to help aspiring and experienced project managers improve their skills and manager better projects.
I've covered all angles and all abilities so whether you're new to project management or have 20 years of experience you can learn something new today.