Let’s start by saying this: I must admit that I am far more familiar with the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. I am actually in the process of obtaining my PMP certification, enjoying all the reading and studying hours.
While discussing with some friends, I have been discovering recently PRINCE2, another important reference on project management.
The official website of PRINCE2 introduce it as follow:
PRINCE2 (Projects in a Controlled Environment) is a structured project management method based on experience drawn from thousands of projects – and from the contributions of countless project sponsors, Project Managers, project teams, academics, trainers and consultants.
PRINCE2 is a non-proprietary method and has emerged worldwide as one of the most widely accepted methods for managing projects. This is largely due to the fact that PRINCE2 is truly generic, and truly global: it can be applied to any project regardless of project scale, type, organisation, geography or culture.
PRINCE2 achieves this by isolating the management aspects of project work from the specialist contributions, such as design, construction etc. The specialist aspects of any type of project are easily integrated with the PRINCE2 method and, used alongside PRINCE2, provide a secure overall framework for the project work.
Because PRINCE2 is generic and based on proven principles, organisations adopting the method as a standard can substantially improve their organisational capability and maturity across multiple areas of business activity – business change, construction, IT, mergers and acquisitions, research, product development and so on.
I am curious about the certification. I am wondering if it is valuable for someone in North America. In all cases, more knowledge is always a good thing….
Here are the resources I have found so far, with the help of some friends:
- Official PRINCE2® Website : The Official PRINCE2® Website. PRINCE2 is a de facto standard developed and used extensively by the UK government and is widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. It embodies established and proven best practice in project management.
- What is PRINCE2? : A free website that has been created to help anyone understand more about the world’s most popular project management framework – PRINCE2.
- Knowledge Train : Knowledge Train is a London-based PRINCE2 Accredited Training Organisation. They offer both PRINCE2 training and project management training courses in London and throughout the UK.