Today there is a wide range of project management training courses and frameworks to choose from. As this may sometimes cause confusion in selecting the right project management course, let us take a few moments to explain the specific project management need each of the following frameworks is able to serve. As a starting point to help explain some of the differences between each training course, we have commenced with grouping each of the frameworks in the categories of project, programme or portfolio management (PPM).
MSP – Managing Successful Programmes®
APMG Change Management
Certified Local Change Agent
Learning each framework is supported by Foundation and Practitioner training courses and certification exams.
The Foundation programs aim to provide an understanding of the purpose and context of the framework and the Foundation certification exam is designed to assess an individual’s understanding of the respective framework. Whereas, the Practitioner courses are designed to refine Foundation level understanding and prepare individuals for the Practitioner certification exam. The Practitioner certification exam aims to assess an individual’s ability to tailor, adapt and apply the respective framework. Each of these standards is generic in nature allowing their use in different business environments and for situations of different complexities.
Described as a project management method, PRINCE2 training provides a step-by-step approach for the preparation, execution and closure of a project.
PRINCE2 describes 7 principles and 7 themes that are supported by a project team following a set of defined activities and processes. The 7 principles lay the foundation for good practices, whereby the 7 themes provide the context across the management disciplines required to be applied continually through the life of a project. PRINCE2’s processes provide a logical flow for project teams to follow.
Change agents play an important role supporting change at the ‘local’ level, ensuring change plans are understood and the desired changes are embraced as the new way of working.The Certified Local Change Agent qualification (CLCA Certificate) is aligned with the APMG Change Management Foundation and Practitioner program, though designed specially to support change agents to be successful during transformational change.
This course is aimed at individuals required to play an active role directly supporting their colleagues and managers during change. If you are in a dedicated role or considering a role actively managing a change initiative, you may wish to consider the APMG Change Management course, which provides a greater range of models and approaches to support change.
In a project environment, the term ‘PMO’ is often referred to as a ‘Program Management Office (PMO)’, though this ‘P’ may equally refer to ‘project’ or ‘portfolio’.
Demystifying the confusion between the 3 office types, P3O provides a clear understanding of the 3 office levels: Portfolio, Programme, Project. It outlines the roles, functions and services in each office, together with a methodology to develop or re-energize the respective office(s). We also provide P3O certification exam and training.
PRINCE2 Agile is a project management approach with the aim of adapting PRINCE2 to an agile project environment. It combines the flexibility of agile behaviours, concepts and techniques with the project management themes, processes and roles as described by PRINCE2. Ideal for those working or planning to work in a PRINCE2 project management environment.
The Agile Business Consortium is a leading authority in agile management. Together with APMG, the consortium developed AgilePM. AgilePM is an agile project management approach that integrates the philosophy, principles, processes, roles, products and practices of the Agile Business Consortium’s DSDM Agile Project Framework. AgilePM is designed to operate in many different project environments.
The Praxis Framework is a framework designed to support project, programme and portfolio management. It combines the 4 elements of knowledge, method, capability and competency to support the delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios. Ideal for people seeking a single approach and a single training program covering both project and programme management and gain an understanding of the portfolio management environment.
The Praxis Framework is a single approach for project and programme management. The Praxis Framework philosophy is to utilise the same set of processes and body of knowledge for both project and programme management. It allows practitioners to choose the right elements of the Praxis Framework to apply to either a project or programme, which is determined based on initiative complexity.
MSP is a framework that describes management principles, themes and processes to support the definition, delivery and closure of a programme. It is comprehensive in its nature, often seen as a leading reference for programme management.
People seeking a comprehensive understanding of a single framework for programme management will gain value from understanding and applying MSP through our MSP certification training.
MoP provides two management cycles known as portfolio definition and delivery cycles. These cycles consist of a number of defined practices supported by roles and a set of techniques that enable decision making associated with the selection and delivery of the portfolio.
Project, programme and portfolio management cannot operate without change management knowledge, often supported by some level of change management training. The APMG Change Management program is aligned with the Change Management Institute’s Change Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK). This program provides change management models, approaches and techniques to support small and large change initiatives and are complementary to each project, programme and portfolio management level and equally applicable in a non-PPM environment.
Agile project management is the discipline of applying agile delivery behaviours and techniques to ensure project products can be delivered quicker in the hope of earlier benefits realisation. Agile environments are characterised by iterative product development and incremental product release. It can be said that many of today’s projects, which are approaching product delivery with this aim, are likely to be applying aspects of agile management.
Our agile project management short courses provide a comprehensive set of agile behaviours, practices and techniques held together with project management processes suitable for agile projects. A key benefit of agile project management is that iterative product development is applied in a more stable and controlled environment.
Portfolio management is a discipline involving strategic processes and decisions to support the design and delivery of an organisation’s (or division’s) portfolio of projects and/or programmes.
Key to portfolio management is to design a ‘balanced’ portfolio that supports the organisation’s strategic goals and a portfolio capable of being achieved in the context of a number of strategic and organisational constraints including capacity and capability to deliver.
Programme management can be described as the management of a number of projects aimed at achieving specific strategic goals. It involves the coordination of related projects together with transformational change activities important for the achievement of desired outcomes and benefits that directly contribute to strategic objectives.
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