Training in project management techniques such as PRINCE2 will give you the theory of how to structure and run a project. We’ll also give you case studies and real-world applications of the knowledge to make it easier to start managing projects when you return to work. Understanding the importance of other skills such as communication is also critical to project success.
Within any project management framework, there are important documents to be drawn up, referred to and maintained. This requires excellent written communication skills as well as knowledge of the paperwork required. Verbal communication skills are necessary in order to keep your team updated and motivated, to explain the project to stakeholders, and to provide the Project Board with progress reports.
With that in mind, here are our top tips for communication in project management.
When most people think of effective communication, they think of how they deliver information to others. This is far from accurate – communication is a two-way street and improving your skills must begin with making an effort to truly listen and understand. Read the rest of “Communication Skills in Project Management”
To be successful at managing projects, you need to learn how to structure and control them using a proven project management technique such as PRINCE2. That is pretty much a given in today’s society – project management qualifications are increasingly asked for in job advertisements, and our accredited PRINCE2 courses have never been so popular!
Being a great project manager is not just about learning theory though, or even about applying it by the book. Project management requires excellent organisational and people management skills in order to be a success.
Above all, a project manager needs to be able to keep their cool when things are going astray, even if just to set a good example to their team. Here are our Top Tips for keeping calm when things go wrong in project management:
The best thing you can do to prevent project failure is to take the time to analyse issues that creep up on you along the way.
When you’re panicking because things are going wrong, it’s hard to take this step back – it can seem more effective to just get on with the most obvious fix. PRINCE2 has an emphasis on control, especially when faced with unexpected challenges. Simply reacting without thinking is a no-no – you must take the time out to consider all the options for recovery and how the issue and solution relate to the rest of the project. Read the rest of “How to Keep Calm When Projects Go Wrong”
When you come on one of our PRINCE2 Training courses, you’ll take the relevant exam on the final day (or days 3 and 5 if you do the complete PRINCE2 Practitioner course). As well as providing the kind of training that ensures you can implement your new knowledge as soon as you return to work, we provide guidance like this to help you get through that ever-important exam.
We are so confident that you’ll pass your exam that we offer a PRINCE2 exam guarantee! If you happen not to pass first time around (although our pass rates are far above the national average), you can resit the training for free, and just pay for the exam!
Here are our Top Tips for Passing the PRINCE2 exam
1. Do your pre-course reading
You can start preparing from the exam before you even begin the course, by completing your pre-course reading from the PRINCE2 manual!
The reason we provide the resources in advance is to make sure you have a foundation of knowledge when you begin, so your time with the trainer can be spent focused on developing this knowledge via real-world applications and case studies. The five-day PRINCE2 Practitioner course is intensive, so the more pre-reading you have completed the more you will be able to take in during the course.
2. Annotate the manual
To get another perspective, read through our PRINCE2 blog. We’ve covered many of the subjects that you’ve learned about on the course, but hearing the same topics in a different voice can be a valuable learning tool. You can add your notes and insights from this into the manual.
The PRINCE2 exams are open book, which means you can use your PRINCE2 manual (but no other documents or notes). What you can do is put notes all over your PRINCE2 manual and that’s allowed! So whether it’s a diagram or a one word memory trigger, use the white spaces in the manual to add your notes.
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