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Important Update : AXELOS Examinations

Important Update : About AXELOS Examinations 2022

Blog   |    27th January 2022   |   Rupali

Introduction

With commitment to remain closer to customers and learners and provide the best customer experience possible, PeopleCert has recently announced the following changes for AXELOS examinations, as of 1 February 2022:

1. Online Proctoring as the only exam delivery method

  • Aiming to further enhance the value of AXELOS certifications, PeopleCert is making its Online Proctoring - our tried-and-tested online exam delivery solution - the sole exam delivery method across the entire Business & IT portfolio.

  • PeopleCert consider exam integrity to be of paramount importance and which bring forward a fully secure and protected online exam process, through which candidates will be offered with a certification of great validity and gravitas.

2. The official eBook will be offered alongside each exam voucher

  • Aiming to streamline the customer experience, PeopleCert will include the official eBook in the exam voucher for all AXELOS products.

  • Learners will be able to access their Digital Book through their PeopleCert account upon entering their voucher code. They will also be able to make annotations and access their Digital Book offline through the Bookshelf app that they can download anytime.

  • Furthermore, PeopleCert is working on a wider localisation programme to offer the ebook in many more languages.

  • This brings PeopleCert one step closer to making the eBook a point of reference, even when practicing the framework at work, as the book will remain available post exam.

  • PeopleCert is committed to serving a truly global community with high quality products and services. PeopleCert want to help candidates around the world realise their goals regardless of physical exams being unavailable and get them better prepared for a digital-first future.

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Ongoing product excellence with PRINCE2 Agile

Blog   |    31st August 2021   |   Rupali

Introduction

Could you create more of a bestselling product?

At the same time, could you keep costs down?

The answer to these questions is a resounding yes !

It is important to keep value intact while lowering costs.

This blogpost will tell you how.

Key takeaways:

  • A product is what you put into it.
  • This affects how a product shapes up.
  • This remains associated with a product always.
  • It is important to remember this while improving production.
  • PRINCE2 Agile lets you do this by keeping methods light and speedy.
  • Courses you can take to upgrade your PRINCE2 Agile knowledge.

Earn excellence through your products

A product is what you put into it. What is put into a product, shapes up a product. And it remains associated with a product, throughout all the changes made to it. It is important to remember this, that is associated with your product. In fact, everything you plan to do with your product should be based on this. PRINCE2 Agile lets you run a light and speedy project. One that takes into account the way your product has shaped up and what remains associated with your product.

An example

Suppose you are a project manager running an active PRINCE2 Agile project. You are creating a product. You have empowered your teams to chart out how your product is going to look, and what materials will be used to create it, and so on. The customer meets you at your office and goes through the chart. Now, the customer suggests that they need a product that looks like the one you have proposed, but it need not contain the materials that your teams have charted. They say that materials of a lower cost would also work for the product they want. You convey this to your teams and then consult a supplier who offers to provide these materials. PRINCE2 Agile projects offer you that flexibility to lower costs and continue creating bestselling products. Knowlathon has been for long, a provider of PRINCE2 trainings. Not only do you attend a training, but also you can validate your skills by sitting a certification exam. You then get a PRINCE 2 certificate. We have several options for you: the PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and also a blended course:PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner. If you just want to know the basic tenets of PRINCE2, you may opt for the PRINCE2 Foundation. If you want to lead projects actively, you may take the PRINCE2 Practitioner course. Save yourself the time by doing a three day blended PRINCE2 course. Newer ways of software development led to Agile practices being widely popular. Given how immensely popular Agile is when resources are strained during times like these, PRINCE2 Agile was written for those who want to speed up development and creation of products. Now, for you, we have the PRINCE2 Agile route. Consisting of the same course types as PRINCE2, we must say our three day PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course is well sought after.

Check out our range of PRINCE2 courses

Solving customer queries from time to time is useful in a PRINCE2 Agile environment

Reduce the risk, with PRINCE2 Agile!

Blog   |    31st August 2021   |   Rupali

Introduction

How do you make your PRINCE2 Agile project successful?

Can you, at the same time, add value to your customer-facing product?

Yes, it is possible to achieve both ends simultaneously!

It is important to keep the customer involved in all crucial aspects of the product, and thereby reduce big risks.

This blogpost will tell you how!

Key takeaways:

*A product is what you put into it.
*This lends a shape to your product.
*This shape remains associated with your product.
*It is important to share these facets of your product with the customer.
*PRINCE2 Agile lets you do that, and reduce significant risks to the project.
*Courses you can take to keep your PRINCE2 Agile projects on good shape.

Let thy customer know

A product is what you put into it.

This forms the shape of the product.

And this is what will remain associated with the product, all throughout various sprints.

It is important to share these facets of the product with the customer, always.

PRINCE2 Agile lets you do that.
In fact, that is how you reduce the biggest risk of the customer not wanting your product after it has been created.

An Example

Suppose you are a project manager and are running a PRINCE2 Agile project.

You are creating a product.

Before doing all of this, a customer contacted you saying they wanted a product that was what they specified.

And you said if that was what they wanted, you would be creating such a product just for them.

You let them see the value in your "let's do this!".

After you were appointed as a project manager, you kept the customer in the loop at every point you could.

That led them to trust you, and made them aware of certain facets of the product they hadn't yet imagined.

That is how you kept the risk of them not wanting the product after it was created, away to a minimum.

Winning the customer's trust is important when you want to reduce large impact risks.

Knowlathon has been for long, a provider of PRINCE2 trainings.

Not only do you attend a training, but also you can validate your skills by sitting a certification exam.
You then get a PRINCE 2 certificate.

We have several options for you: the PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and also a blended course:PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner.
If you just want to know the basic tenets of PRINCE2, you may opt for the PRINCE2 Foundation.

If you want to lead projects actively, you may take the PRINCE2 Practitioner course.

Save yourself the time by doing a three day blended PRINCE2 course.

Newer ways of software development led to Agile practices being widely popular.
Given how immensely popular Agile is when resources are strained during times like these, PRINCE2 Agile was written for those who want to speed up development and creation of products.

Now, for you, we have the PRINCE2 Agile route.

Consisting of the same course types as PRINCE2, we must say our three day PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course is well sought after.

Check out our range of PRINCE2 courses



Use free communication to reduce your risk spend in a PRINCE2 Agile environment

Why you spend lesser on risks with PRINCE2 Agile

Blog   |    31st August 2021   |   Rupali

Introduction

How do you create a product in the face of risk? While you do that, could you save a good portion of the risk budget? The answer is yes ! The key lies in being truly agile with risk. This blogpost will tell you how.

Key takeaways:

  • A product is what you put into it.
  • That truly shapes a product.
  • Risk affects what you can put into a product.
  • It is important to single out risks while you are managing the project.
  • PRINCE2 Agile helps you with just that.
  • Courses that can help you when you are undertaking PRINCE2 Agile projects.

Significant savings with PRINCE2 Agile

A product is what you put into it. That shapes up a product throughout the various versions of itself. Risks affect what you can put into a product. It is important to single out risks before they all snowball, thus taking up a bigger chunk of your project's risk budget. PRINCE2 Agile helps you single out risks on the go, thus your teams spend lesser time and money dealing with risk.

An Example

Suppose you are a project manager with an active PRINCE2 Agile project. You are creating a product. In the first timebox that occurs during the project, you are talking to a team manager who tells you that the product requires a part which is not easily found in the market. You get in touch with your senior supplier who confirms the fact that only two manufacturers supply that part to the market. You and the project executive arrange a zoom meeting with one of the manufacturer's senior leadership after contacting their website. The part is arranged for, after a relationship is forged between the two companies. All of this was possible because of the frequent collaboration you did with your teams and their managers. The team manager first spoke to you about the uncertainty in obtaining that part. That is how you singled out the risk and acted accordingly. In a PRINCE2 Agile environment, it is important to communicate well and frequently. That is how you catch hold of risks good and early. Knowlathon has been for long, a provider of PRINCE2 trainings. Not only do you attend a training, but also you can validate your skills by sitting a certification exam. You then get a PRINCE 2 certificate. We have several options for you: the PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and also a blended course:PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner. If you just want to know the basic tenets of PRINCE2, you may opt for the PRINCE2 Foundation. If you want to lead projects actively, you may take the PRINCE2 Practitioner course. Save yourself the time by doing a three day blended PRINCE2 course. Newer ways of software development led to Agile practices being widely popular. Given how immensely popular Agile is when resources are strained during times like these, PRINCE2 Agile was written for those who want to speed up development and creation of products. Now, for you, we have the PRINCE2 Agile route. Consisting of the same course types as PRINCE2, we must say our three day PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course is well sought after.

Check out our range of PRINCE2 courses

How risks affect your product in a PRINCE2 Agile environment

How are risks managed with PRINCE2 Agile?

Blog   |    31st August 2021   |   Rupali

Introduction

How do risks affect your PRINCE2 Agile project?

More so, how do you ensure that your product is market appropriate while taking care of these risks?

It is very important to understand that risks affect the way your product is going to turn out.

Once you accept this, it becomes easier to deal with risks the right way. That is, in a way that is right for your PRINCE2 Agile project.

This blogpost will help you understand just that.

Key takeaways:

*A product is what you put into it.
*This affects the final shape and form of the product.
*Risks affect that.
*It is important to understand the risks that could affect your product.
*PRINCE2 Agile helps you with that.
*Courses that could help you deal with project risks better.

Why active risk management is needed for your PRINCE2 Agile project

A product is what you put into it.

In fact, what you put into it affects the way your product would appear to the market.

Risks affect exactly what you put into your product.

It is important to accept the fact that risks will crop up and you have to navigate your project around them.

PRINCE2 Agile helps you be responsive when risks are spotted.

An example

Suppose you are the project manager and are running a PRINCE2 Agile project.

You are busy creating a product.

You decide to engage different suppliers in the course of the project, because your teams are small in size.

One of the suppliers who is going to write the programs for customizing an app according to your product decides that they will not be doing it.

You and the project team had already held several meetings to finalize this piece of software.

One of the team members who had worked closely with the program tells you that they could write the program themselves for the product's app.

You discuss this with the Executive, who gives you their approval, saying that provided confidentiality is taken care of, the team member can write the necessary program.

Risks will continue to affect your product. What needs be done, is finding a way out, because what you choose to do will affect your product.

Knowlathon has been for long, a provider of PRINCE2 trainings.

Not only do you attend a training, but also you can validate your skills by sitting a certification exam.
You then get a PRINCE 2 certificate.

We have several options for you: the PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and also a blended course:PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner.
If you just want to know the basic tenets of PRINCE2, you may opt for the PRINCE2 Foundation.

If you want to lead projects actively, you may take the PRINCE2 Practitioner course.

Save yourself the time by doing a three day blended PRINCE2 course.

Newer ways of software development led to Agile practices being widely popular.
Given how immensely popular Agile is when resources are strained during times like these, PRINCE2 Agile was written for those who want to speed up development and creation of products.

Now, for you, we have the PRINCE2 Agile route.

Consisting of the same course types as PRINCE2, we must say our three day PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course is well sought after.

Check out our range of PRINCE2 courses



A business case helps your PRINCE2/PRINCE2 Agile project get the right recognition

Why a business case is necessary for your PRINCE2 project

Blog   |    31st July 2021   |   Rupali

Introduction

How do you make sure your leaders spot the value in your product? How do you do this early on, and provide a way for everyone to visualize your product even before the project starts? You need to understand the importance of making a strong business case for your product in order to achieve all of the above. When you write a great business case for your product, it becomes easier to understand what your project is all about, just at the outset. How to exactly do all of this, is what we are going to see in this blogpost.

Key takeaways:

*How to be communicative about your product. *How to add to the appeal and interest surrounding your product. *How to increase confidence in your project. *How business cases work for PRINCE2 Agile projects as well. *What courses to choose if you are interested in helping to visualize your product even when it is not created.

Raising the communicative bar

A product is what you put into it. And what is put into it affects the final form of the product. It is important to communicate this early on, so as to make the leaders comfortable with your product. More importantly, this can be tied into a business case. A business case written with the final form of the product in mind can go a long way in putting out the crux of the product across various layers of the organization. Suppose you are a product manager and have a project going. You are creating a product. You have plans to simultaneously start creating a digital identity for the product. You put this down in a business case. The business leaders understand from your business case, that in the present scenario, it is wise to have a digital presence that is easily accessible to customers. They strike a partnership with a social media company, a third party supplier, who helps you with creating the digital identity that your product warrants. This business case has helped you build your product the way you want it.

Lets recap what we have seen:

*It is important to be communicative about your product, which is in turn formed by what is put into the product. *A good way to start is by writing a great business case. *A solid business case will communicate the stuff your product is made up of. It communicates the crux of your product across various organizational layers.

Strategic communication helps gain a solid standing

Having a fantastic business case helps communicate the form and shape of your product. After all, you are going to put a everything, the absolute world, into your product. And that will affect the way your product is going to come across to people. Hence fixing that into your business case helps your product reach across to strategic leadership, just as it is. Not only that, leaders will perceive the confidence you have in your product. A good business case will help them see what you are ready to put into the product, and they begin to eye your your product with an interest as to how it would turn out. This sense of interest increases the appeal of your product. I'll refer to the same example that we saw before. You are a project manager with an active project. You are creating a product. Not only that, you are creating a digital identity for the product. Your business case helped you gain third party support for the digital identity of the product. Due to the social media package that the supplier company has for you, it becomes easy to get your digital product out at a faster rate and lower cost. It as well, becomes easier to increase visibility into what went into the making of the product, because you could focus more on the costs of the materials, with the savings you made on the digital side. You update your business case to reflect this.

Lets recap!

*A product is what you put into it. *This affects the form and shape of the product. *A strong business case helps you convey the form that the product takes, across to various people in leadership positions. *It raises the interest these people would take, in your product. *This raises the overall appeal for your product and ensures sustained effect of your project.

Ensuring continued investment and support

After all, a product becomes what you put into it. We saw that this affects the form and shape of the product. A valid business case increases visibility into what is put into a product, hence it informs leadership of what the product is going to be like, even before work on the product has started. When that happens, senior leadership know what it is going to take to create the product and that you as a project manager are going to make it a reality. They now know that the project is going to see completion after the effort being put into it. This assures them that it is safe to invest in and provide continual support for, your project. We'll yet again continue with the same example. You are the project manager with an active project. You are now creating a digital identity for your product by engaging the help of a third party, who have a social media package for you. After that happened, you updated the business case. In doing that, you have been transparent with your leadership of what it has cost you to create the product and how much of a value bundle your product is . Because of the success of the digital identity of your product, you have been able to spread the enthusiasm for your product. This is noted by the senior leaders and they have extended all the whole-heartedsupport for the project, saying that whatever you need to complete the project will be available to you.

Lets recap!

*The shape and form of your product should be continuously conveyed to the various people affected by your project. Especially your leaders. *A strong business case helps raise the appeal of your product by doing just that. *When your product appeals to leaders, it means it is going to find support. *That makes it a safe bet for investors and senior management who look at your project from an investment perspective. PRINCE2 methodologies have been the driving force behind projects for a very long time. These have been adjusted to reflect changing project requirements, like shorter and quicker development spans, not very unlike those characteristic of Agile Software Development. However, whatever may be the case of a project, some things will never change. Your project will always involve the creation of a product. It will always involve putting something into a product. This will affect the form and shape of a product. The shape and form of a product are innate properties of that product. A business case always communicates the final form your product is going to take, from the start of the project. If the product is going to take a different form, the business case will be suitably updated. This hold true for both PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile projects. Both kinds are after all projects. They would lead to the creation of products. A business case is meant for the product created. It communicates the efforts and materials being put into a product, and hence raises the overall interest in the product. That is why, both PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile kinds of projects need a business case to enhance the visualization of the product being created.

Lets recap!

* We looked at a primary difference between PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile. *The latter comes from new software development techniques. *A valid business case is necessary for the product. *We looked at an example that focused on products, and not on the methodologies. *The project in case could have been PRINCE2 or PRINCE2 Agile. *Creation of products is universal in both cases, and a strong business case is meant to cater to products. *Hence, a fortified business case is universal for both PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile.

Knowlathon has been for long, a provider of PRINCE2 trainings. Not only do you attend a training, but also you can validate your skills by sitting a certification exam. You then get a PRINCE 2 certificate. We have several options for you: the PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and also a blended course:PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner. If you just want to know the basic tenets of PRINCE2, you may opt for the PRINCE2 Foundation. If you want to lead projects actively, you may take the PRINCE2 Practitioner course. Save yourself the time by doing a three day blended PRINCE2 course. Newer ways of software development led to Agile practices being widely popular. Given how immensely popular Agile is when resources are strained during times like these, PRINCE2 Agile was written for those who want to speed up development and creation of products. Now, for you, we have the PRINCE2 Agile route. Consisting of the same course types as PRINCE2, we must say our three day PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course is well sought after.

Check out our range of PRINCE2 courses


How value propositions can add value to your project

Blog   |    31st July 2021   |   Rupali

Introduction

How do you keep your project afloat and ensure it goes all the way to completion? How do you make sure your project has the necessary support? You need to understand the importance of value propositions for your product in order to achieve all of the above. When your product has a strong value proposition, it becomes easier to understand what your project is all about. How to exactly do all of this, is what we are going to see in this blogpost.

Key takeaways:

How to convey the look and feel of your product.

How to increase the charm and appeal of your product.

How to secure the right investment for your project.

How value propositions work for PRINCE2 Agile projects as well.

What courses to choose if you are interested in increasing the appeal of and investment in your product.

A key factor when considering value propositions

A product is what you put into it. And what is put into it affects the final look and feel of the product. You must communicate the look and feel of the product at various stages of the project. More importantly, this look and feel can be put into a value proposition. A value proposition crafted with the look and feel of the product in mind can go a long way in putting out the crux of the product across the organization. Suppose you are a product manager and have a project going. You are creating a product. In the interval on the way to delivery, you start to simultaneously create a digital identity for the product. There is a third party who helps you with a social media package. You begin to provide regular teasers about what went into the making of the product. This activity has helped you build a solid value proposition for your product. Gradually, as you tease the audience, people begin to see what the stuff the product is made up of and what it means for them.

Lets recap what we have seen:

*It is important to communicate the look and feel of your product, which is in turn influenced by what is put into the product. *A good way to start is by building a solid value proposition. *A good value proposition will communicate the stuff your product is made up of. It communicates the crux of your product across various organizational layers.

Increasing the appeal of your product

Having a good value proposition helps communicate the look and feel of your product. After all, you have put a good something into your product. And that affects the way your product is going to come across to people. Hence tightening it into your value proposition helps your product reach across to various people, just as it is. Not only that, people will think it fair to pay for just what they are getting. A good value proposition will help them see what they are paying for, and you can then charge for what you have put into the product. This sense of fairness and transparency increases the appeal of your product. I'll refer to the same example that we saw before. You are a project manager with an active project. You are creating a product. Not only that, you are creating a digital identity for the product. You have engaged a third party for social media support to get the product out. While doing that, you create a chargeback policy for your product that helps people pay only for what they receive. This makes your product a bundle of value that appeals to a wide range of people.

Lets recap!

*A product is what you put into it. *This affects the look and feel of the product. *A strong value proposition helps you convey the look and feel of the product across to various people. *It also raises visibility into what a customer will be paying for. *This raises the overall appeal for your product and ensures sound viability of your project.

Ensuring a safe base for investments

After all, a product becomes what you put into it. We saw that this affects the look and feel of the product. A valid value proposition increases visibility into what a customer will be paying for a product based on the look and feel of it, thereby increasing its appeal to an audience. When that happens, senior leadership know that people are actually going to buy or invest in your product once the project is over. They now know that the project is going to recover what is being put into the product. This assures them that it is safe to invest in and convince investors for, your project. We'll yet again continue with the same example. You are the project manager with an active project. You are now creating a digital identity for your product by engaging the help of a third party, who have a social media package for you. Now using that, you have crafted and conveyed a great value proposition for your product. You have even been transparent with your customers of what it has cost you to create the product and how much of a value bundle your product is for the intended audience, because they will be only paying for the features. Because of the success of your chargeback mechanisms, you have been able to spread the buzz for your product. When it reaches the senior leadership of your company, they too want to contribute by seeking the help of two venture funding companies who would be interested in your project!

Lets recap!

*The look and feel of your product should be continuously conveyed to the various people affected by your project. Especially your customers. *A strong value proposition helps raise the appeal of your product by doing just that. *When your product appeals to people, it means it is going to find buyers. *That makes it a safe bet for investors and senior management who look at your project from an investment perspective. PRINCE2 methodologies have been the driving force behind projects for a very long time. These have been adjusted to reflect changing project requirements, like shorter and quicker development spans, not very unlike those characteristic of Agile Software Development. However, whatever may be the case of a project, some things will never change. Your project will always involve the creation of a product. It will always involve putting something into a product. This will affect the look and feel of a product. The look and feel are innate properties of the product. A value proposition always conveys the look and feel, the innate characteristics of a product. This hold true for both PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile projects. Both kinds are after all projects. They would lead to the creation of products. A value proposition is meant for the product created. It conveys the innate stuff put into a product, and hence raises the overall appeal of the product. That is why, both PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile kinds of projects need a value proposition to create that sort of effect about them.

Lets recap!

* We looked at a primary difference between PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile. *The latter comes from new software development techniques. *A valid value proposition is necessary for the product. *We looked at an example that focused on products, and not on the methodologies. *The project in case could have been PRINCE2 or PRINCE2 Agile. *Creation of products is universal in both cases, and a strong value proposition is meant to cater to products. *Hence, a value-adding value proposition is universal for both PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile. Knowlathon has been for long, a provider of PRINCE2 trainings. Not only do you attend a training, but also you can validate your skills by sitting a certification exam. You then get a PRINCE 2 certificate. We have several options for you: the PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and also a blended course:PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner. If you just want to know the basic tenets of PRINCE2, you may opt for the PRINCE2 Foundation. If you want to lead projects actively, you may take the PRINCE2 Practitioner course. Save yourself the time by doing a three day blended PRINCE2 course. Newer ways of software development led to Agile practices being widely popular. Given how immensely popular Agile is when resources are strained during times like these, PRINCE2 Agile was written for those who want to speed up development and creation of products. Now, for you, we have the PRINCE2 Agile route. Consisting of the same course types as PRINCE2, we must say our three day PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course is well sought after. Check out our range of PRINCE2 courses

Directing a project vs Initiating a project

Blog   |    30th July 2021   |   Rupali

Introduction

As a project manager,you have a good chunk of the business. You are putting absolutely everything into a product. And that product is going to work wonders for the business.

So where do your ideas go? Into a product. And how does that work? Answering this throughout a project is what directing the project is all about.

But essentially, your ideas are going into a product. Yes, into the product. So you will need to start doing it at some point. That is what starting or initiating a project is all about.

So, in this blogpost, we are going to look at the following takeaways:

Directing a project

Initiating a project

Directing vs initiating

How this works for PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile

What courses to choose if you are interested in studying how to make the best use of direction for your project, and how to make an effective start on your project.

Directing a project

Suppose you are a project manager.

You are on a project to create a product. You want to put your unique ideas into the product.

So you plan with the executives and your project teams. Then you begin work.

The product takes shape according to your ideas.

Essentially you are pulling all stops to put your ideas into the product.

While doing that, your executives come up with a solution to an issue you encountered. They have a sanctioned budget for you to build a digital image of your product across several channels by fostering business partnerships with the channel heads.

This is what directing a project is all about.

You are looking to put the absolute world into a product.

Directing a project is a way of helping you do just that, all throughout a project.
While directing a project, the means and ways to help you put the absolute world into a product are secured to make the whole project an easier set of tasks.

For example, you saw that the digital identity of the product in our example was made a reality by the senior management who were keeping an eye out for the product while it was being made.

Directing a project helps the project manager put their best efforts into the product.
The actions taken when directing a project help the product be the best version of itself, for the organization.

In a nutshell, directing a project:

is a strategic activity.

The leaders of an organization keep an eye on the product being made.

They, together with the executives and the project manager, find solutions.

So that the project goes on smoothly.

And the product is exactly what the organization envisioned.

Initiating a project

I repeat, you are on the journey towards putting your absolute everything into a product.
You have this whole idea enclosed into a capsule, in your mind's eye.

Now is the time to get it out in front of the organization.
You have to put it out, loud and clear.

That's where the notion of a business case comes to help you out.
The business case contains a value proposition.

This helps you to frame a picture of the product and what you will be putting into it, for the leaders who will be guiding you on the way to that destination.

Initiating or starting the project involves getting your product's business case and value proposition out for the business.

So that the leaders can help you fructify your aims with the product, and foremost, so that they know what the product is all about and whether now is the right time to start with the project.

So you see, initiating or starting a project is part of directing it.

The main reason for including this as a separate point on the project pathway is that you are spurred to take action upon the vision you have for your product.

You have to start at some point, and that point is starting or initiating a project.

Let's recap what we have seen so far:

Starting or initiating a project is a project management tactic.

You have a vision for the product and what to put into it.

Initiating a project helps encapsulate that vision.

Making a business case and a value proposition for the product are part of intiating a project.

They help to secure resources for your project.

Directing vs Initiating

I'll remind you of the little example that we saw at the beginning. The project came to a point where creating the digital identity of the product was necessary.

The leaders came forward with the necessary resources for the product's digital identity.

That's how directing a project is a strategic activity. It involves keeping the product's attributes in view all the time and taking care of any impediments to those attributes.

In the same example, the point where the product was thought of was the initiation point . It was from there that the vision for the product was developed.

Initiation of a project is a part of the overall strategy of the business. Putting your ideas into the product is part of the overall strategy of creating a product for the market.

Now, in the same example, we saw that direction of the project involved responding to various plans for the project, for instance forging strategic partnerships for establishing the digital identity of the product.

On the other hand, initiating a project is more communications involved. For instance, starting to put your ideas into a product involves a value proposition that states exactly what you want to put into a product.

After the project ends, the product has to live a life of its own. Directing a project takes care of the future of the product.

For instance, the leaders and executives made resources available for creating a digital identity of the product that would affect its lifecycle.

Initiation of a project involves setting the stage for creating a product, which is short in nature. It is limited to announcing that you are ready to put your ideas into a product.

Let's recap what we have seen:

*Directing a project is strategic in nature, whereas Initiating a project is part of that strategy.
*Directing a project is tactic and plan rich, whereas Initiating a project is more communications rich.
*Directing a project involves taking care of a product's future, whereas Initiating a project is a temporary stage.

PRINCE2 methodologies have been the driving force behind projects for a very long time.
These have been adjusted to reflect changing project requirements, like shorter and quicker development spans, not very unlike those characteristic of Agile Software Development.

However, whatever may be the case of a project, some things will never change.

Directing involves taking care of the future of products while still in development.

Initiating involves announcing what you are ready to put into a project.

This hold true for both PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile projects.

Both kinds are after all projects.

They would lead to the creation of products.

All products need to nurtured while the project is on. Initiation helps secure the necessay buy-in, and direction helps secure the resources.

That is why, whether Agile or not, PRINCE2 projects always have the directing and initiating steps.

They are meant to care for the products, irrespective of the methodology.

Let us recap:

* We looked at a primary difference between PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile.
*The latter comes from new software development techniques.
*Directing and Initiation or Starting are necessary for the product.
*We looked at an example that focused on products, and not on the methodologies.
*The project in case could have been PRINCE2 or PRINCE2 Agile.
*Creation of products is universal in both cases, and Direction and Initiation are meant to cater to products.
*Hence, Direction and Initiation are universal for both PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile.

Knowlathon has been for long, a provider of PRINCE2 trainings.

Not only do you attend a training, but also you can validate your skills by sitting a certification exam.
You then get a PRINCE 2 certificate.

We have several options for you: the PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and also a blended course:PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner.
If you just want to know the basic tenets of PRINCE2, you may opt for the PRINCE2 Foundation.

If you want to lead projects actively, you may take the PRINCE2 Practitioner course.

Save yourself the time by doing a three day blended PRINCE2 course.

Newer ways of software development led to Agile practices being widely popular.
Given how immensely popular Agile is when resources are strained during times like these, PRINCE2 Agile was written for those who want to speed up development and creation of products.

Now, for you, we have the PRINCE2 Agile route.

Consisting of the same course types as PRINCE2, we must say our three day PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course is well sought after.

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Why your PRINCE2/PRINCE2 Agile project should support an overall strategy

Why your PRINCE2 projects should be part of a larger scheme

Blog   |    30th July 2021   |   Rupali

Introduction

As a project manager, you are really busy making those nice products for your company. Ever wondered what place does your product occupy in the organization? Why in a particular position is your product slotted? When you understand and accept that there is a larger scheme in place that suits your company, it becomes easy to answer these questions. You should understand the company's strategy, so that it becomes easy to know how to prepare the organization to deal with the products your teams develop. When this is clear, it becomes easier to fit the pieces together.

Key takeaways:

* How your products occupy a certain place and position in the organizational scheme of things. *Why it is important to recognize that position. *How strategy binds everything together. *How strategy supersedes any methodology your project may use, like Agile. *What courses to choose if you are interested in studying how to prepare your product against an organizational strategy.

Positioning your products

As a project manager, you have the business. You are creating products for the company, and your products have the unique stamp of your ideas. Your products are bearing a certain form, and that is solely because of your efforts. The forms and shapes your products take on are so meaningful, that they represent your ideas, to the business. Your ideas then become part of the business's identity. The products that you create are thus absorbed into the core identity of the business. They are thus full of meaning for the company. The business responds to your products by incorporating them into a strategy. I'll explain with the help of an example. Suppose you are the project manager. Your company has a project in place to create a product. Now, the project has come to stage where delivery has started and the product has taken a particular shape and form. The executives and you attend meetings to decide what the product's digital identity will be. It is then decided that a third party will be responsible for depicting the product's visual attributes on online platforms. So you see, the company sees the shape and form of your product and positions it accordingly. That is it decides to take a further course of action fit for your product. The product has secured a place within the organization's plans.

Let's recap what we saw thus far:

We started with the question: *How do your products occupy a certain place in the organization's plans? *We saw that your ideas gave a shape and form to your product. *We saw that those attributes of your product were of some importance to the business. *In fact, that is what gave your product, a standing in the company. *Not just that, the company sees the attributes of your product and decides what to do with it. *In other words, the company has a strategy for your product. You, as a project manager, take into account a lot of things to create your product. It is your efforts that help in giving a shape and form to your product. Now, we just saw that those attributes are what helps your product find recognition in an organizational setup. How do you know what place and position does your product hold within your company? As your product is taking shape, you should communicate with people within the business. Those people whose decision making affects the future of the product. You should have a set of tools that makes communication easy. In today's scenario, face to face communication has become difficult. However, do not let that affect your answer seeking journey. Be the one to ask questions. You should keep the focus on the attributes of the product. Ask and see the intensity of the answers. You will easily be able to gauge the position your product occupies from the intensity of those replies. PRINCE2 has always encouraged communication. It is through keeping lines of communication open, that you will know how the business responds to your signature ideas. The business's responses are tactics, and they are led by a strategy. One that has a place for your product.

Let's recap what we saw:

*We asked the questions: *Why is it important to recognize the place and position your product has, in the company's scheme of things. *How to recognize that position. *We saw that the company does place your product. *This place is determined by the product's attributes. *In recognizing the attributes of your product and rating them accordingly, the business is responding to your product with a strategy. *In order to know this on a deeper level, it is important to communicate with relevant people within the business.

Strategy is the binding glue

As a project manager, you have your ideas. These ideas translate into a product as your project progresses. PRINCE2 lets you do that by tailoring the themes and principles to your project. Your product has distinct attributes that are formed with your ideas as the base. The organization has a distinct viewpoint to look at your product. Your product is now part of the organization. It is not just the product, but your ideas and plans that have influenced the organization and won a position for your product. The product with its attributes is now blended as a part of the organization's culture. Your ideas, as an employee affect the organization's setup and form an integral part of the collective culture. In the example I gave you a couple of sections ago, a third party was called by the company to engage with the product's digital identity. So the organization had a viewpoint of its own, with which it looked at the product, and responded with the tactic of calling a third party. This was in turn, influenced by the nature and form of the product. These actions in turn influenced the culture of the company. How? There was a collaboration between the product teams and the third party's staff. Ideas were tossed and exchanged. These influenced the way the product would be seen on various online platforms. This in turn influenced the brand identity of the company. Tactics are led by the way the organization views your products and forms a strategy. Let's recap what we've seen so far: *Your ideas give a shape and form to your product. *Your product gains its attributes down to these. *The organization recognizes the product and has a viewpoint on it. *The product's attributes create a culture within the organization. *Strategies and tactics are born out of culture. PRINCE2 methodologies have been the driving force behind projects for a very long time. These have been adjusted to reflect changing project requirements, like shorter and quicker development spans, not very unlike those characteristic of Agile Software Development. However, whatever may be the case of a project, some things will never change. For example, we saw in the example, the product was being created, then the company decided to engage the help of a third party, and then that influenced the culture of the company. This would hold true if it were a PRINCE2 or a PRINCE2 Agile project. The projects should always be part of a larger organizational strategy. This hold true for both PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile projects. Both kinds are after all projects. They would lead to the creation of products. These products would end up having attributes irrespective of what project methodology is used. These attributes would contribute towards a cultural viewpoint for the whole organization, without the project methodology making any significant difference. We are talking of the product and its attributes, which would exist either ways. That is, if the product was made using normal PRINCE2 techniques or even if the product was made using PRINCE2 Agile techniques, these attributes are what constitutes the product. They exist because of the product, and not because of the specific methodologies. Let us recap: * We looked at a primary difference between PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile. *The latter comes from new software development techniques. *In the scope of our article, we have looked at product attributes and seen how the product affects cultural aspects of an organization. *The product attributes lends the organization a viewpoint to look at the product. That influences tactics. They influence culture. *The viewpoint comes from an innate strategy. *None of this takes into consideration whether the project was guided by PRINCE2 or PRINCE2 Agile principles. *So, that strategy binds everything together holds in both cases of PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile projects. Knowlathon has been for long, a provider of PRINCE2 trainings. Not only do you attend a training, but also you can validate your skills by sitting a certification exam. You then get a PRINCE 2 certificate. We have several options for you: the PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and also a blended course:PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner. If you just want to know the basic tenets of PRINCE2, you may opt for the PRINCE2 Foundation. If you want to lead projects actively, you may take the PRINCE2 Practitioner course. Save yourself the time by doing a three day blended PRINCE2 course. Newer ways of software development led to Agile practices being widely popular. Given how immensely popular Agile is when resources are strained during times like these, PRINCE2 Agile was written for those who want to speed up development and creation of products. Now, for you, we have the PRINCE2 Agile route. Consisting of the same course types as PRINCE2, we must say our three day PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course is well sought after. Check out our range of PRINCE2 courses

Break-up of growth occurring due to Agile projects

3 business benefits of doing PRINCE2 Agile projects often

Blog   |    15th May 2021   |   Rupali

PRINCE2 Agile benefits stem from one place

You, as a CxO, have the business. You put in much effort guiding the creation of products that resemble the core identity of your business. It's all about your ideas.

PRINCE2 Agile takes this very thing and puts it in central position. You make your business different. Your ideas do.

That is the reason why your most loyal customers are doing business with you today. There is that factor that makes your business stand out.

What I mean by putting in central position is, allowing the entire organization to absorb it. It takes some time to define your factor, and then completely make it the focal point among the whole scheme of things.

PRINCE2 Agile project methodologies allow you that time.

There was a firm that had acquired quite a few different other companies and merged them into itself. The parent company had worked on its own branding for quite some time, and based on that idea, they were to develop branding templates for the aquired companies.

It was that clear idea from their own branding, that sharpened the knives for the template development. They knew what they wanted, and that helped them stay on track.

Using PRINCE2 Agile has the three benefits I'm going to tell you about.

1. Faster value creation for the business

That factor that your business thrives off is also known as the North Star. When you say North Star, images of a sturdy, reliable focus that doesn't allow you to be distracted come to mind.

This works in the same sense. You have something to lock your attention on. And it keeps you focused on what you should be achieving.

When your entire company, full of disparate teams and product lines, are all focused on that North Star, they know that getting to that level is an activity that will never cease.

This saves lot of time, because they don't lose sight and they don't go off and on about work. Thus, getting to the core of the project doesn't bleed time.

As a result of this, there is momentum gained by the project teams, and consequently, success, because the goals are very clear to them.

2. Unified team-based thinking

Like I said before, focusing on your North Star removed room for declutter. And this is true across the organization.

When what you want to achieve is right in front of your eyes, you are less likely to bring in added thoughts that could possibly, put you off track.

Additionally, this helps teams bond. After all, you have common goals to focus on.

Having a clearer picture of the end state dilutes any semblence of conflict that could potentially affect team bonding.

This puts teams differing in size and purpose, all on the same plane.

3. Agile boosts the brand

Aligning with the North Star helps your business clarify its own image.

As I said earlier, there are disparate teams working towards a common purpose.

Each member keeps getting to know the organization better. It's a process that never stops.

As a result of this, a common theme emerges, that develops into a brand. Your business's brand. An image that is impinged upon the mind of every person associated with the business.

And this happens the Agile way. Continuously, and without much ado.

Conclusion

Yes, your business will see the desired growth once your PRINCE2 Agile projects are successful. That's a no-brainer. But what is more important is, the business will grow into exactly that which is right for it, when there is time to absorb what it really stands for. PRINCE2 Agile allows you that.

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Relative contribution of Agile activities in terms of time

What does engaging in PRINCE2 Agile projects mean for your business?

Blog   |    15th May 2021   |   Rupali

The wider meaning of PRINCE2 Agile

As a CxO, you have the business. You have original ideas for the business, and you have worked on them. This has lead to a lasting impact on your products.

These products resemble you. They bear your mark. And that mark of yours has inspired and achieved a lot.

This mark of yours has to be made a main element of the business. You need to use it as an inspiration for the people creating those products.

Use it to give them a vision and a force to garner strength. Invest in it widely. When the chips are down, let your mark be a guiding light. Your business should recognize it as something to never let go of, ever.

I'll give you an example. A business went through a series of mergers and acquisitions. This company had built their brand from scratch. Based on their branding collateral, they were inspired to create branding templates for all of the acquired counterparts.

What expedited this process was the senior management's concept of the brand. They took a hard look at their products, and it was evident from these, that was a common motif strongly present. This came from the senior management's idea of the core identity of the business.

Where does PRINCE2 Agile fit into the scheme of things?

Agile projects are successfully implemented on this steam: The whole business down to a single person is inspired by a common vision that is achievable, by the very fact that the customers seek out this business for having that identity.

This is called the North Star of your business. And it is important that the whole business is aligned to this North Star.

For otherwise, the business will lose its fulcrum, or balancing point. There will be discord between people.

So before you plan to incorporate PRINCE2 Agile into your projects, it is crucial that you are in full step with your business's North Star.

Next, you need to have the ability to influence several disparate teams to follow that North Star. This requires positive communication.

Another aspect to be aware of, before bringing PRINCE2 Agile to your business, is your ability to co-ordinate. And that co-ordination is very important to have all your people on the same plane. Otherwise discord would set in easily.

And all of this is not a one-off event. This messaging has to be even and consistently driven across all your projects, and even beyond.

That is the crux of PRINCE2 Agile: consistent, continuous leadership.

So what does it mean for your business?

Your business will see itself operating as one well-oiled, cohesive machine. And you, as the engine of this machine, will find yourself drawing inspiration from your own mark that your business bears.

It is down to the engine to not only draw inspiration, but to also continuously inspire the other parts of the machine, that need to be tightly coupled together.

PRINCE2 Agile helps you inject that spark into yourself and your people!

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Relative contribution of fall outs of Agile methodology to organizational growth

4 Benefits of PRINCE2 Agile to Project Managers

Blog   |    11th May 2021   |   Rupali

When PRINCE2 Agile raises your capabilities

As a project manager, you have a major chunk of the business. After all, you are busy putting in a good chunk of your own skill into the making of products that are as unique as you are.

To cite an example, I'll tell you about a business that were busy putting in touches to the branding of their apps. The business had acquired a few other businesses, and the project manager had influenced the making of the digital branding templates for the parent company. Now templates were being made for the acquired companies, and the branding elements were being embedded into apps.

It was the project manager's touch that was brought alive in the digital products. So you see, project managers do bring about a good part of the business.

The magic lies in this: the project manager's touch is taken by the project teams and made a part of their work. So the project manager is a major influence upon the people in the organization, and not only the end products.

Now, if the project manager's touch didn't agree with the core identity of the company, would it not have lead to an imbalance? So it is important for the project manager's touch to reinforce the values of the organization. This amplifies the message the organization intends to send, about its own identity.

This brings us to the first benefit:

1 Getting to know the North Star of the business, extremely well

What the organization is all about, and its core values, are known as the North Star of the business. That is what guides every person setting foot in the company.

So project management teams and managers are no exception. As the example presented itself, you surely must have realized that this exactly is the steady element throughout the business.

The project manager put out their touch through every team down to a member. And that coincided with the core touch of the business.

The beauty of PRINCE2 Agile projects is this: a common vision is what binds the whole business together. It defines every step you take, towards going about your work.

Thus, through taking up PRINCE2 Agile projects, the North Star of your business manifests itself into the products and stays constant.

This influences the next benefit:

2 Better overall planning

When you know, and have thoroughly absorbed the steady aspects of your business, you know the difference between what to change, and what not to.

So throughout the project, and even beyond, you begin look for ways to set in the North Star of business.

And that, leads to clarity about the goals of any initiative you begin. You know exactly how that initiative is going to reinforce the North Star, and how it is going to bring about change in a negotiable element of the business.

Clarity about the bedrock of the business brings about the next benefit.

3 Greater alignment among teams

The beauty of a PRINCE2 Agile project is that, it makes you extremely familiar with the North Star of the business.

That weaves a common thread of thought through all project teams.

The team members may be spread out through the expanse of the company, but there will always be that clarity in each person's mind about what the project is all about and what they are going to be achieving.

And the last benefit is:

4 Bias free conflict management

Being aligned with the North Star of the business helps the project manager put out their touch to all the teams they are managing.

So the project manager has a rational base to expect the project outputs they really want to see. This rational basis, propelled by the North Star of the business helps set expectations.

So if any conflict arises, between team members, that rational basis helps even out distortion in viewpoints of the team members.

To conclude

PRINCE2 Agile builds upon the existing abilities of project managers and project teams by helping them get extremely familiar with the North Star, or the guiding identity of the business.

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A common observation for PRINCE2 Agile projects

When should you choose PRINCE2 Agile for projects, instead of PRINCE2?

Blog   |    11th May 2021   |   Rupali

When PRINCE2 Agile is suitable for your project

As a project manager, you have the business. You are all about putting your spirit into products, and that shows when your product bears your unique touch.

It is all right to have your products resemble you, but what about when your teams are spread across the whole organization, and they need to first recognize what putting your touch into a product means?

When the whole organization is ready to follow that touch of yours, your project teams are ready to accept a common thread of thought running throughout the entire organization.

And that is when a common vision develops throughout disparate teams. And that is when you should really think about putting out Agile into your environment.

>Let's see an example!

A business was developing its brand and as a result of the branding activity, teams spread across the organization and its acquired counterparts came together to develop newer templates that were in sync with the business's branding collateral.

This required help from IT personnel that were part of the various teams taking up this work. The brands were completely digital, so building the templates involved a lot of IT effort.

The project manager was someone whose role was key in building the business's parent brand, and had worked to influence a lot of the parent brand's template. Much of their work involved communicating their touch to the various team members, and bringing everyone involved, up to speed on that.

What is it that a PRINCE2 Agile project manager does?

As you may have guessed from the example I've just given you, a PRINCE2 Agile project manager needs to be in complete harmony with his unique touch. That is when they understand what their style is and are able to influence people to follow that unique touch.
What is it that a PRINCE2 Agile project manager does?
So a PRINCE2 Agile project manager needs to soundly influence.

And to influence people, they need to first gauge who is where on the journey to picking up that unique touch.

So a PRINCE2 Agile project manager needs to be an empathetic communicator.
They also need to give people time to absorb that unique touch, which they need to do alongside influencing.

That means, a PRINCE2 Agile project manager needs to be patient.

Lastly, after rightly surmising that their touch is accepted, they need to co-ordinate between several teams to empower them to work upon building the required products.

Thus, a PRINCE2 Agile project manager needs to be a very, very good observer, and a positive coordinator.

In conclusion, PRINCE2 Agile projects do not simply mean rushing up production. They are worth considering over PRINCE2 only if your teams are ready to pander to a common vision, and if as a project manager, you are ready to influence the culture that is the backbone of your organization.

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