Prince2 training courses are founded on seven principles that are unique to the Prince2 process-based project management method. These principles are: Continued business justification, management by exception, defined roles and responsibilities, focus on products, tailored methods to suit project environments and learning from experiences. If you have enrolled for a Prince2 course whether it is a Prince2 Practitioner exam and or Prince2 Foundation, there are top tips you need to keep in mind to ensure you get the most out of your training program.
Know when your course starts and where it is
Classes usually run on set days of the week at venues and times determined by an accredited training company. Know what time your course starts and where it is. This will help you plan better on how you will get to the venue. Also, find out when each course day ends. You don’t want to be among the small group of delegates who fail to consider when a class ends and end up complaining they need to leave at 4 p.m. when the course admission instructions clearly state classes run until 5 p.m.
Read pre-course reading notes
Prince2 training courses usually have pre-course reading material and or preparation notes. Read the pre-course preparation notes thoroughly to acquaint yourself with the training program beforehand. Delegates who skim pre-course reading material often miss important information that makes understanding concepts taught in class difficult. Give yourself a good start in training by actually reading and learning from the course reading materials.
Don’t be the class “know-it-all”
Project management training courses are not about who has the most experience in project management or who can answer the most group questions in class. When doing a personal introduction to the class, try and make your introduction modest and respectful. Don’t interrupt class every few minutes to confirm you have understood a point or to say you have not understood something. Give the tutor a chance to do her job. A time for questions and clarifications is usually provided at the end of class or a course unit.
Show respect to tutors and fellow delegates
This may sound like obvious advice, but some delegates actually do not realise when they are being disrespectful to tutors and fellow delegates. For instance, do not be surprised when you get harsh looks from fellow delegates after you receive a phone call in class. Try and be more considerate during class. Don’t get up and go to the loo just 10 minutes into a course or hold up the rest of the class by getting back from lunch or coffee break late. Make efforts to hold an overall courteous demeanour throughout.
Enjoy the experience
Learning should be fun and enlightening. Enjoy yourself during the course. Participate, explore and engage in class. This way your training course will be truly wholesome and enriching. It will help you develop a deeper understanding of project management practices and enhance your future career prospects.