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21 September 2010 | Alim Ozcan Blog
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10 Day PRINCE2 Course and 3 Months Study
This week Alim calls for a new PRINCE2 course to help the project managers that do not understand how to deliver a project on time and within budget...

You may have assumed from the heading of this blog that it was advertising a new type of PRINCE2 course, where as what I am actually doing is to suggest that it would be beneficial if there was such a course. The rationale for this is that I have often come across failing projects that are being managed by project managers whom have several years experience with a certification in PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner but they still do not understand how to deliver a project to time, budget and quality. As a result, this leads me to believe that the skills required to control and deliver a project are not being effectively taught.

Both of the current PRINCE2 courses (3 day Foundation and additional 2 day Practitioner) are sufficient enough to teach the terminology but that is as far as they can go in that amount of time. Hence, I believe that a 10 day course split as two five day courses with a written exam that requires a few months of study is the best training approach to ensure that there is a higher project management success rate.

Furthermore, I would advocate much more training focus on the following key topics, as in my experience, these are the areas where cracks first appear in projects and then they become larger and larger if they are not properly addressed:

  • Stakeholder Management
  • Blueprint/Vision
  • Managing Stages
  • Scope Creep and Change Management
  • Work Packages and CheckPoints
  • Configuration Management

Programme management which is taught using OGC’s Managing Successful Programmes does not fare much better and I would also suggest that an additional longer-duration course would be beneficial there as well. Perhaps with the pre-requisite that the delegate can demonstrate that they have successfully or ‘unsuccessfully’ managed projects over at least 5 years.

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