PRINCE2 vs PMP Certification? Get Both

PRINCE2 vs PMP is the wrong question to ask.  PRINCE2 and PMP are useful and complementary tools in your skill set – they don’t compete.  Certification in the PRINCE2 methodology is an excellent complement to your PMP credential and awards  PDUs for instructor led classes or online learning.  If you are a PMP, PRINCE2 already recognizes your prior learning so you can skip the PRINCE2 Foundation exam.

So do I need PRINCE2 and PMP Certification?

Short answer:  yes – they cover different sides of the project management coin.  They increase your earning potential, enhance your skills and improve your employability

PRINCE2 and PMP are the most popular global project management certifications: but they are different:

  • PRINCE2 is a project management methodology – it covers, in detail, the processes and activities which a project management team must carry out to deliver a project of value to the sponsoring organization.
  • The PMP credential, based on the PMBOK Guide, is the sum of knowledge of the project management profession. It covers what is generally accepted on most projects, most of the time.

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10 Reasons why you should adopt Project Management

One-fifth of the world’s GDP, or $12 trillion, is spent on projects. And with many skilled practitioners leaving or scheduled to leave the workforce due to retirement — in the United States alone, 40% of the workforce by 2015 — there is a great demand for knowledgeable project managers. So much so that $4.5 trillion of that total is at risk, and the talent gap is widening. Continue reading 10 Reasons why you should adopt Project Management

Top 10 Characteristics of GREAT Project Managers

Good project managers are hard enough to find, and great project managers are rarer still. Thanks to Andy Crowe, though, we now have a peek inside the top 2 percent of project managers, based on a study of 860 of them as rated by their peers/clients. Not surprisingly, great project management requires a lot more than the ability to move a milestone. Continue reading Top 10 Characteristics of GREAT Project Managers

Why Your Project Might be Failing

Is your project going OK? Are you sure? Often project managers think their project is progressing to plan and by the time they realize that something is wrong it is too late to implement corrective actions and get the project back on track.

Here’s a quick health check that you can carry out on your project. Run through these 6 points and see if your project is at risk from failing.

1. You Don’t Have A Project Plan

You do have a detailed project task list, don’t you? A task list forms the foundation of your project schedule, and this is critical so that everyone knows what they need to be working on when. Each task should have a designated owner. Having one person responsible for a task, even if several people end up working on it, ensures that it doesn’t slip through the cracks as somebody else’s problem. Continue reading Why Your Project Might be Failing

The Business Plan versus the Strategic Plan

By Charles A. “Chip” Brethen
Quite often the two terms, Business Plan and Strategic Plan, are used interchangeably, but they are not interchangeable to the professional. Occasionally, I find myself trying to keep from misusing the terms. An example might be the interchangeability of terms like goals and objectives and the confusion derived from their use or misuse. It is important to define terms and make sure that everyone involved is speaking the same language. Continue reading The Business Plan versus the Strategic Plan