Under the PRINCE2 framework, all projects have defined beginnings, middles and ends – all of which must be tightly controlled.
Whilst planning, initiating and executing the project, the Project Manager reports to the Project Board – so, similarly, the Project Board has to give final sign-off on the project closure. For successful project closure, there must be a nice smooth handover of the product from the project team.
PRINCE2 training will teach you the theory and applications of the framework, including the importance of evaluating the project once closed.
As with the rest of the PRINCE2 processes, control is very important during this completion stage. Once the Project Manager believes the objectives from the Project Initiation Document have been met, he puts the recommendation for Project Closure to the Project Board.
Preparing to Close the Project
The main aim of closing a project in PRINCE2 is to make sure that the final product is of an acceptable level, make sure the operational team is able to look after the project and to guarantee that any issues or risks have a correct way to address them. Read the rest of “How to Close a Project in PRINCE2″
This is Part 2 of our guide to finding work as a project manager. Visit Project Management Tips: Finding Work – How to Get Started for Part 1.
Once you have established yourself as a project manager, it can still be difficult to find work. There are a lot of people going for project management jobs and it can be difficult to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Here are some tips for making yourself the candidate employers will want.
- Get recommendations - If someone who knows your work suggests you to a future employer, you will have a strong argument going for your employment before you even fill out an application form. Ask your previous employers and colleagues to recommend you, and if you haven’t had enough experience for lots of recommendations, get voluntary work for more people to recommend you.
- Work on your skills - When it comes to Project Management, there are a number of skills that need to be built, from ‘soft skills’ (working with people, etc) to ‘hard skills’ (the sorts of skills that lead to qualifications). If you are looking for work online, it is often easiest to search using your hard skills as key words – so if you have experience with ITIL, search for jobs which have that as a requirement. Work on acquiring the skills that your organisation of choice prefers, as these will be what the organisation looks for first of all. Soft skills, meanwhile, should be displayed to the full when you are in work, as they will be the reason you get recommendations. Read the rest of “Project Management Tips: Finding Work Part 2 – How to make yourself a better candidate”
This is Part 1 of our 2 part guide to finding work as a project manager. After you’ve read Part 1 head to Project Management Tips: Finding Work Part 2 – How to make yourself a better candidate for more tips.
Looking for work as a project manager when you are just starting out can be tricky – whether you are a recent graduate or making a career change. So how do you set about getting onto the project management ladder? Here are some tips to help you get started in your project management career.
This is the first part of a 2-part article on progressing your career as a Project Manager – check back next week for more tips on how existing PMs can make themselves better candidates for other Project Management roles.
Finding Work as a Project Manager: Tips