PRINCE2® Overview

A short course on what this methodology covers and how it is applied

Projects bring together resources, skills, technology and ideas to deliver business benefits or to achieve business objectives. Good project management helps to ensure that these benefits and objectives are delivered to an appropriate level of quality and within the constraints of time and cost. It is also an essential element in managing the risks inherent in change and innovation.

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1 Day
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Purpose of this course

PRINCE2 is a comprehensive, structured project management method used extensively by the UK government. It is also widely recognised and used by the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. The method can be applied to all kinds of projects, including information systems projects. This intensive overview describes the main elements of the method, including components, processes and techniques. It also places PRINCE2 in an organisational context and discusses the issues surrounding the implementation of the method.

Who is this course for

Anyone who wishes to gain a clear and concise understanding of the background, structure and applicability of PRINCE2.

You will learn how to
  • Understand the language of PRINCE2 and how the method should be suitably applied to differently-sized projects
  • Appreciate the roles involved in making project management a collaborative effort
  • Understand the principles that underpin the method
  • Be aware of the processes and themes advocated by PRINCE2 and how their appropriate use can make project success more likely to happen
Benefits for your organisation

Attendees should gain a good appreciation of the advantages to using a structured method such as PRINCE2. They will learn the distinct roles involved in a project management team and the reporting requirements for all of them. They will appreciate how a Business Case underpins a project and how it should be regularly updated and assessed to gauge the continuing viability of the project.

Benefits for you as an individual

You will understand the PRINCE2 method in summary form and be taught the benefits of using the method and, additionally, the importance of tailoring the method so that it is used appropriately.

Projects and Project Management
  • Project Definition
  • Characteristics of a Project
  • What is PRINCE2
  • Why do Projects Fail
  • Benefits of using PRINCE2
  • Structure of PRINCE2
PRINCE2 Principles
  • Continued Business Justification
  • Learn from Experience
  • Defined roles and responsibilities
  • Manage by stages
  • Manage by exception
  • Focus on products
  • Tailor to suit the Project Environment
PRINCE2 Processes
  • Starting up a Project
  • Directing a Project
  • Initiating a Project
  • Controlling a Stage
  • Managing Product Delivery
  • Managing a Stage Boundary
  • Closing a Project
  • Prepare Premature Closure
PRINCE2 Themes
  • Business Case theme
  • Commercial, Customer, Supplier environment
  • Organisational Theme
  • The 3 Project Interests
  • The Project Board
Plans & Planning
  • Levels of Plan
  • Composition
  • Product-Based Planning
  • Product Breakdown Structure
The Management of Risk
  • Defined
  • What is Risk Management?
  • Risk Management Procedure
  • Cause, Event, Effect
  • Identifying Risks
  • Assessing Risks
  • Risk Tolerance
  • Communication
  • Risk Budget
Quality in a Project Environment
  • Defined
  • Key Definitions
  • Assurance
  • Planning
  • Customer Expectations
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Quality Management Strategy
  • Responsibilities
Change Control and Configuration Management
  • Types of Issue
  • The PRINCE2 Approach
  • Configuration Management Strategy
  • Change Budget
  • Change Authority
  • What are Progress Controls?
  • Exceptions and Tolerances
  • Project Board Controls
  • Project Manager Controls
  • Use of Management Stages for Control
  • Event-Driven and Time-Driven Controls
  • Reviewing
  • Capturing and Reporting lessons

A basic awareness of project work in the delegate's own business environment.