The PRINCE2® Foundation qualification is intended for project managers and aspiring project managers. It is also relevant to other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, including: project board members (e.g. senior responsible owners), team managers (e.g. product delivery managers), project assurance (e.g. business change analysts), project support (e.g. Project and Programme Office personnel), and operational line managers/staff.
The PRINCE2® Practitioner examination is intended to assess whether a candidate can recall and understand the PRINCE2® project management method (as described in the syllabus below). The PRINCE2® Foundation qualification is a prerequisite for the PRINCE2® Practitioner exam, which assesses the ability to apply understanding of the PRINCE2® project management method in context.
The key objectives of PRINCE2® Foundation 3-day course are:
- Understand the PRINCE2® method at Foundation level
- Understand the integrated elements of PRINCE2® (principles, processes, themes and tailoring) within a work environment
- Understand the benefits and principles underlying a structured approach to project management
- Help delegates to operate effectively with colleagues and managers within a structured project management environment
The 3-day course covers the Foundation syllabus and includes the following focus areas:
Structured Approach to Managing Projects – Setting the scene for a structured approach to managing all projects; project success criteria; the model of the PRINCE2® method including the integrated elements of principles, processes, themes and tailoring.
The Process-based Approach – PRINCE2® focuses on key processes needed for successful project management which must be present, but may be tailored to reflect the complexity, scope and risks faced by the project. PRINCE2® Process Model will be used to help delegates understand and appreciate what should be done to manage each project, why it should be done and when in the project lifecycle.
Business Case – What is a Business Case; Outcomes, Outputs, Benefits and Dis-benefits; Developing, Verifying and Maintaining the Business Case; Confirming the benefits and the Benefits Review Plan.
Organization- Project Management Team Structure and the Project Board, Project Assurance, Project Manager, Team Manager, Change Authority and Project Support roles & responsibilities. Stakeholder management; Communication Management Approach.
Project Planning – Levels and content of Plans; Exception Plans; Product-based approach to planning the Project Product Description, Product Breakdown Structure, Product Description, Product Flow Diagram; the PRINCE2® planning steps.
Monitoring and Controlling Progress – Management and Technical Stages. Tolerance and Raising Exceptions. Project Board and Project Manager Controls for Reviewing and Reporting Progress; Baselines for Control; Capturing and Reporting Lessons; Event-driven and time-driven controls.
Change Control Approach – Issue and Change Control procedure; Configuration Management procedure; Baseline, Handling changes; Tracking and protecting products; Change Authority; Change Budget.
Quality – Quality Defined, The Quality Audit Trial; Acceptance Criteria, Quality Criteria, Quality Management Strategy, Quality Assurance, Quality Controls and Quality Review technique.
Risk – Risk and Risk Management; Risk Management in Projects; Risk Management Approach; Risk Register; Risk Budget.