Project Management - the Nuts and Bolts of Prince2 2009

The UK's project management community is gearing up for the change to Prince2 2009, the latest version of the Prince2 method.

London, UK, June 10, 2009 (PressReleasePoint) -- The UK's project management community is gearing up for the change to Prince2 2009, the latest version of the Prince2 method.

The new manual, and exams, are due to come into the effect during the summer of 2009, although your can sit the current 2005 Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner exams until the end of 2009.

Firstly, there are 7 Prince2 "Principles" which have been added. In other words, guides to good project management best practices, such as business justification and management of risk. These are mentioned in the 2005 manual, but not specifically outlined as a framework of methodologies which wrap around Prince2.

Second, Components are now called Key Themes, and are reduced in number from 8 to 7. Similarly there are now 6 Processes instead of 7. Key though is that all the 45 sub-processes have been stripped out and are not included in the 2009 manual. This is aimed at stripping out sections of the current Prince2 training manual which are seen as unnecessarily complex.

The Techniques section will include cross-references to other Bodys of knowledge including ‘soft’ aspects. The number of
Management Products has been slimmed down to 27 products from 36, and additional content has been added within the section relating to the Project Environment, where none previously existed.

And lastly, the Hints & Tips section is now in an FAQ style, which is seen as more user-friendly than before.

NOTES TO EDITORS
Prince2 is widely used as a project management method in IT-projects in both public and private sectors, but it has become popular in non-IT projects as well. It is now the UK's de facto standard for project management. One of the most effective ways to grasp the method is through Accelerated Learning.

The training course equips delegates with a detailed knowledge and structure of the method, working through each stage of pre-project preparation and the project lifecycle.

PRINCE2 was originally developed by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) now part of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) in 1989 as a UK Government standard for IT project management.

The Firebrand Training Accelerated Learning course:

• Helps students grasp complex project management concepts more easily by identifying and catering to individual student learning styles through a mixed visual, auditory and kinaesthetic-tactual delivery system

• Enhances retention by employing accelerated learning techniques focused on committing information to long-term memory

• Is not like other bootcamps where just the exams are taught. In fact our PRINCE2 training courses is delivers more case based scenarios than traditional training or boot camps

About Firebrand Training
Firebrand Training is challenging the way in which professional training is delivered.

Firebrand Training, formally known as The Training Camp, has pioneered Accelerated Learning courses for busy IT professionals. The organisation’s innovative approach to course delivery has led to its status as the Institute of IT Training’s “IT Training Company of the Year” for the three years – something no other IT Training company has achieved.

Students are totally immersed in the subject matter, receiving an average of 12 hours intense tuition per day at a residential training site. Subject experts implement a range of teaching methodologies designed to fit with how we best understand and retain information during different periods in the day.

Accelerated Learning is an attractive proposition for contractors, whose time commands very high premiums, and employers who need to minimise staff absence. Firebrand Training has an above average pass rate of 85% - confounding critics’ claims that Accelerated Learning fails to produce results.

Firebrand Training was founded by Robert Chapman and Stefano Capaldo in Summer 2001 as The Training Camp. Stefano was a former student in the US and rated the company’s approach so highly that he decided to launch a programme of courses in the UK.

The organisation has since been recognised by Microsoft as a Gold Partner for Learning Solutions (MCPLS) and over 17,000 students have been trained in the UK to date. The success of the company enabled the management team to relaunch as Firebrand Training, which is focused on delivering training courses specifically designed for a European market.

Firebrand Training offers a range of courses covering all major vendors such as APMG (Prince2), Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Sun, and Novell, as well as specialist certifications in the areas of security, business intelligence, project and business process management.

For press enquiries, please contact: Sarah Morgan at Firebrand, Tel: 0844 888 1655, Email: sarah.morgan@firebrandtraining.co.uk
Web: http://www.firebrandtraining.co.uk/courses/management/prince2.asp
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