Tommy van Schaik spent most of his academic and professional career as a linking pin between business and IT. His focus areas are: project management, IT governance, business processes, IT architecture, requirement engineering, and business rules.
Course Overview Hi everyone, and welcome to this course, PRINCE2 - The Value and Fundamentals, which is your introduction to the PRINCE2 project management method. My name is Tommy van Schaik, and I'm a project manager currently employed by the Dutch government. PRINCE2 is a project management method that is developed by gathering years of best practice experience from government and commercial organizations And has led to a practical and processed-based approach that is designed to be used in any project regardless of industry, technology, size or complexity. This introduction course will cover the following topics: Explaining the added value of PRINCE2 to both you as an individual and to your organization, and explaining the certification process and the different PRINCE2 certifications, and, finally, we will give you an introduction to the key elements of the PRINCE2 project management method, the PRINCE2 principles, the PRINCE2 themes, the PRINCE2 project organization, and the PRINCE2 processes. By the end of this course, you will be familiar with the PRINCE2 concepts, and you will have a solid foundation to continue on with your journey in the PRINCE2 Practitioner learning path. Now this is the introduction course for the PRINCE2 Practitioner learning path. This learning path consists of multiple courses and is designed to get you up to Practitioner level and get you ready for the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner exams. So, let's go ahead and introduce you to PRINCE2 in this course, PRINCE2 - The Value and Fundamentals here at Pluralsight.
Explaining PRINCE2® Certification Hi there, and welcome back to the course, PRINCE2 - The Value and Fundamentals. In this module, we will go ahead and explain the different PRINCE2 certifications. We already discussed all the reasons why a company should implement PRINCE2. But in this module, we will also explain what type of PRINCE2 certification is good for you as an individual. Should you try and get up to Practitioner level, or maybe you just work in a project and never really do any management work. Maybe in that case, a PRINCE2 Foundation certification should suffice. This module will give you the right information to decide for yourself which PRINCE2 certification path is right for you. We will start off by explaining why you as an individual will want to be certified. What is the added value to your knowledge and to your resume. Is it worth the time and money to actually get an accredited certificate? Second, we will explain the four different PRINCE2 certifications that are out there today. This entire learning path will train you up to Practitioner level, but there are even higher levels that require you to do a large two-and-a-half-day, in-house test. We will explain all of these different certifications and who typically gets certified for those. We will also explain what you will have to do in terms of exam and training to get the certifications under your belt. Third, we will talk about the different ways you can prepare yourself for an exam and whether to take the exam online or not. We will look to the different avenues you can take to get prepared for your PRINCE2 exam. Everybody's different, and everybody has their own budget. So by providing you with a good comparison, you can choose which path best suits your individual situation. Once again, I advise you to pause this video, get a cup of coffee, and we'll get into the PRINCE2 certifications.
PRINCE2® Principles Hello, and welcome to another module of PRINCE2 - The Value and Fundamentals. In this module, I will introduce all seven PRINCE2 principles that are the core of a PRINCE2 project. These principles must all be present in a project for it to be considered PRINCE2. Remember we talked about common causes for project failure in the previous modules? This module will show you how PRINCE2 principles help account for these known issues making projects more successful. Therefore, learning and understanding these principles is an important step in becoming a PRINCE2 practitioner. First I will explain what is meant by principles, and then I will look at the seven principles that are specific to PRINCE2. Now it is important to know what each principle means and to know about its added value to the project. But I also think that it is equally important for you to understand what is the rationale behind each specific PRINCE2 principle. This will be explained by showing exactly what problem in the world of project management is countered by the use of each of these principles. Now, without further ado, let's get into the PRINCE2 principles.
PRINCE2® Project Organization Hi there, and welcome to the next module of PRINCE2 - The Value and Fundamentals. This module will be all about PRINCE2 project organization, and we'll provide you with foundation knowledge on the PRINCE2 project organization that you will need on your path to becoming a PRINCE2 practitioner. The objective of this module is explaining concepts relating to project organization that will be referenced throughout the entire PRINCE2 Practitioner learning path. For your ease of learning, it is important to be familiar with these topics before you take the deep dive into PRINCE2 in the following courses. First is the difference between a program and a project. A lot of PRINCE2 management concepts are based upon the distinction between a long-term program and projects that are typically more short-term. Second, we will look at the different management layers. Remember the Manage by Exception principle and the escalation of each management layer to the next? Here you will learn about each of those different management layers in a PRINCE2 project. Third will be an introduction to the different PRINCE2 roles. We learned in the previous module that Defined Roles and Responsibilities is one of the core concepts of PRINCE2. Here, we will introduce you to most of these roles and explain their responsibility. So, I suggest you pause the video, get a cup of coffee, and let's get to it.
The PRINCE2® Process Model Hi there, and welcome back to the course PRINCE2 - The Value and Fundamentals. In this module, we will discuss the PRINCE2 process model. PRINCE2 is a process-based approach which provides a structured set of activities to help you complete your project's objectives. This module will explain the basics of the PRINCE2 processes and will serve as a reference model as you make your way through this PRINCE2 Practitioner learning path. The PRINCE2 processes relate closely to all the other PRINCE2 elements, so the different stages, layers, and specific processes you learn about in this module will be referenced a lot throughout this learning path. That's why it's so vital to have a basic understanding of the PRINCE2 process model. Later in this learning path, all these processes will be explained in a great level of detail. But for now in this introduction, we will stick to the topics you will need to start your journey to becoming a PRINCE2 Practitioner. The first thing we will handle in this module is exactly what processes are and how they relate to other PRINCE2 principles. Then we will break down the PRINCE2 process into layers, stages, and activities, but we will explain these concepts and how they fit together in the PRINCE2 process model. And, finally, we will zoom in on each of the PRINCE2 processes and explain each of them as we move through the stages in a chronological order. Let's get ready for the PRINCE2 process model.
Getting Familiar with PRINCE2® Themes Alright everybody, and welcome back to the course, PRINCE2 - The Value and Fundamentals. This course will be all about the seven PRINCE2 themes that are considered the knowledge areas of PRINCE2. They tell you how to best approach the different aspects of project management. This module is to give you a general look and feel about the seven PRINCE2 themes, to explain what they're about, and the topics that are handled in each one of them. In the following courses of the PRINCE2 learning path, we will go over every theme in detail also discussing the relevant documents and their connection with each process and principle. Themes are a vital part of PRINCE2, so that's why it's so important to have a proper introduction to them before following along with the PRINCE2 learning path. Now the setup for this module is pretty basic. First, we'll go over what themes are and how they relate to the other PRINCE2 concepts, while after that, we'll zoom in on each of the seven themes. Alright then, let's get ready for the PRINCE2 themes.