Perhaps you are looking to improve your position in the jobs market or progress within your current role - a certified qualification may a route to take.
With numerous project management qualifications available to choose from, finding the right qualification can be overwhelming. This blog post aims to outline everything you need to know about PRINCE2® 2017 Foundation & Practitioner qualification.
PRINCE2® stands for Projects IN Controlled Environments, second edition. It is the world’s most practised project management methodology and a de facto standard used extensively around the world. Built upon seven principles, seven themes and seven processes, PRINCE2® is incredibly useful as it can be tailored to meet specific requirements.
In 2017, the guidelines were updated to reflect changes in business and community feedback. The update places a greater emphasis on tailoring PRINCE2® to the needs of organisations and project environments, enabling anyone managing a project to get the best from the PRINCE2 methodology.
The qualification is designed for Project Managers, aspiring project managers and anyone else involved in the design, development and delivery of projects.
Focus on business justification
Defined organisation structure for the project management team
Product-based planning approach
Emphasis on dividing the project into manageable and controllable stages
Flexibility that can be applied at a level appropriate to the project.
What will you learn?
How to improve your confidence in delivering a project
Terminology that is consistent in all projects around the world
Real life expertise of the global PRINCE2® community guidance
How to structure a project into manageable deliverables and create stages to ensure decisions are taken under an agile approach
A structured approach with controls to provide a delivery methodology that works repeatedly and will enable you to successfully deliver projects
How does PRINCE2® benefit your organisation?
Improved cost controls through coordination of activities and teams using tried and tested processes
Improved effectiveness through fact-based decision making using defined and relevant metrics
Improved communication by encouraging the use of common terminology
Improved alignment with the business by identifying and understanding the value chain
The PRINCE2® 2017 Foundation & Practitioner qualification is an intensive 5-day classroom-based course, which will take you from beginner all the way through to become a registered PRINCE2® practitioner. Studying the qualification with Roundhouse Thinking provides you with the following:
All accompanying course material
The official PRINCE2® manual
The cost of the PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner examinations (exams are taken within the duration of the course)
PRINCE2® process map
Lunch and refreshments
Free car parking
In summary, PRINCE2® is an extremely valuable qualification that can be applied not only to the running and management of projects but to other roles and industries. As it is versatile, attaining this qualification will increase your employability and further enhance your career prospects.
A qualification that provides consistent terminology improves communication, increases confidence and consequently creates first-class project managers.
Leadership and management isn’t easy. Learning a management theory is great, yet translating this into performance is what matters.
Studying an ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) qualification certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. It will not only improve your performance as a manager, but it will also increase your employability and enhance your career prospects further.
ILM assessments focus on delivering practical skills and knowledge directly into the workplace. The qualification is founded on work-based learning, with assessments based on projects that relate to the employer, and ensure learning is relevant and applied.
ILM qualifications start at Level 2, (ideally for team leaders) and follow to Level 7 (suited to senior managers) and each level can be achieved at Award, Certificate or Diploma status depending on the number of credits gained.
So what are the benefits of studying an ILM qualification?
The ILM qualification gives you a range of key management skills and techniques to drive better results in the workplace. Building your leadership capabilities, allowing you to motivate and engage teams and manage relationships confidently.
ILM is an incredibly useful qualification as it enables you to undertake units which either you or your employer think are needed in order to suit your requirements and particular skills gap. ILM provides a broad range of optional units, therefore it is a qualification which can be tailored to your organisation’s learning and developmental needs. Set by a series of levels and regulatory frameworks, the qualifications increase with complexity and knowledge as you develop through the framework.
A qualification that grows and develops with you, it allows you to develop as a manager and diversify your skills according to.
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By Oxford Dictionary’s definition, resilience is ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties’. The benefits of being resilient are endless. Resilient staff cope better with the demands and stresses of a modern workplace, such as difficult people, tight deadlines and hefty workloads.
Although resilience is not something you are either born with or without, we can all develop resilience through learning new habits and developing strategies.
Here are four tips to help you become more resilient at work:
Make connections and build relationships.
Good relationships with family, friends and work colleagues are important. Resilient people will reach out and ask for help without feeling inadequate or intimidated. Accepting help and support from a strong network strengthens your resilience.
Use setbacks as learning experiences.
Highly resilient people are open to trying new things and will view the occasional failure as an essential stage in the process of achieving final success. It has been noted throughout history that successful men and women all face setbacks but it’s how they persistently overcome those setbacks which inevitably makes them successful.
In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”.
You can’t change the fact that highly stressful situations happen, however, if a problem occurs during your day, use it as a learning experience to develop and practice new skills and be aware of how you respond to the problem. Being emotionally intelligent and aware of your emotions will help you to manage them more appropriately.
Practice realistic optimism.
An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Being a realistic optimist encourages self-control and control over interpersonal relationships. Try visualising what you want, and creating action plans on how you’re going to achieve it, rather than worrying about what you fear. Thinking positive and having confidence in your abilities helps build resilience.
Take care of yourself.
Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.