Written by Gary Murphy – Wed 11 Oct 2017
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.
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.
There are many exciting changes to look forward to…
A significant modification to the PRINCE2 syllabus is that there will be a greater weight on practically applying PRINCE2 to given circumstances within a project. There will also be a better emphasis on tailoring the methodologies to project requirements, allowing more professionals to use PRINCE2 effectively. Also, PRINCE2 2017 will exhibit greater connectivity to Agile methodologies, producing a technique better aligned with the IT industry. Additionally, the document set has been reduced in order to make certain that projects are efficiently tailored to their environment and provide businesses with the best chance of project success.
The PRINCE2 2017 exams have changed marginally. However, it is important for individuals who believe that they may take a PRINCE2 training course after July 2017 to be aware of the exam changes. Also, note that more extensive changes have been made concerning the PRINCE2 Foundation exam format than the Practitioner exam.
But don’t panic – There will be a crossover period between the two versions of the exams, meaning that both versions will be available and exam candidates will have the choice of which exam to take through to the end of 2017. Thus, this will allow companies to complete training across the changeover period. In addition, the validity period for current exam passes will continue unaffected.
Passing these exams will indicate a comprehensive, fully up-to-date understanding of the new PRINCE2 methodologies and how to apply them practically to a number of projects within an organisation. A PRINCE2 2017 certification is an enviable addition to your CV, putting you one step ahead of the competition.