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How PRINCE2 compares to other project management courses in the industry

07 February 2014

There are many Project Management courses available on the market, but which one is right for you?

PRINCE2 is the leading project management training resource. It focuses on improving project management skills by providing you with a practical methodology to follow. There is a clear process model and templates to the PRINCE2 structure. Some people think of it as a manual with a set of instructions that show you how to organise and run a project.

Primarily focused on IT operations, PRINCE2 is extremely prescriptive and must be carefully followed for the best results. The system is favoured in government organisations, but has expanded and is now in used in non-government work.

An alternative project management program is PMP. This is a more theoretical approach to project management and offers techniques and ways to evaluate or complete a project. Differing from PRINCE2, it is suggested that PMP is more of a guide to project management, and how you use or interpret it is up to the individual organisation.

PMP is closely associated with construction and government or military operations. It provides a standard of which to follow, specifically in IT projects.

What is beneficial about the PMP system is its flexibility. As it can be adapted to each project, other methodologies, like PRINCE2 and Agiles, fit into it. PMP is comprehensive and can be applied to any project, in its whole or in part.

What sets PRINCE2 and PMP apart is the role of the project manager. In PRINCE2 the PM is the ‘middleman’ between the ‘workers’ and the ‘board’. Decisions from either side are passed on via the PM. PMP has the opposite approach. Here, the PM keeps the whole operation moving forward to completion. If something goes wrong or there is a problem, with budgets or schedule for example, the PM is to blame.

There are other project management methods, such as Agile. This is often used to manage new product or service development projects or design and build activities for the engineering and IT industries. The Agile system focuses on flexibility and interaction from team members and suppliers to constantly improve a project’s development. The model doesn’t have a project manager, instead responsibility is divided between three roles.

To learn more about the Agile, PMP or PRINCE2 project management frameworks, contact Total Training Solutions. We are specialist training providers who can help steer you personal or company development through the knowledge, understanding and certification of industry standard qualifications. For the individual, adding an approved project management qualification to your portfolio will improve your employment prospects. An organisation which invests in project management training for its employees will save, time and money in the long-run through efficient project planning, execution and completion.

Call us today on 0800 612 1299 for advice or to book your course. You can browse our course directory and contact us via the website if you have any questions.

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