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Making Sense of PRINCE2 Agile

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Panagiotis Fiampolis

Research & Development Director, PEOPLECERT

United Kingdom

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Abstract

PRINCE2® is a global structured approach to project management. Agile methods are a family of developer-oriented software engineering approaches. In June 2015 AXELOS will combine the two and launch PRINCE2 AgileTM. This new guide and qualification aims to combine Best Practice to create an approach that will enable more successful project outcomes. Panagiotis Fiampolis, Research & Development Director of PEOPLECERT, explains what PRINCE2 Agile is trying to achieve, whom it is aimed at and what will be the benefits of the new combined approach.

Making sense of PRINCE2 Agile

PRINCE2® is a formal, structured approach to project management. Agile methods started life as a family of developer-oriented software engineering approaches. They are very different animals. So how can they possibly work together?

In June 2015 the industry will see AXELOS launch PRINCE2 AgileTM, combining PRINCE2 with agile. The PRINCE2 Agile Best Practice guide and qualification is aimed at organizations or individual project managers who are already using PRINCE2 and want to understand how to use the agile approach with the PRINCE2 project management method. Many organizations are failing to deliver projects on time or on budget or they are not getting the expected benefits. This new guide and qualification aims to combine Best Practice to create an approach that will enable more successful outcomes.

There is anticipated excitement about the combined approach. As with PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile can be applied to any type of project within any industry sector. The combined approach allows organizations and project managers to focus on both management and delivery and breaks down some of the barriers that have appeared to create conflict between using the established PRINCE2 framework at the same time as using agile methods to get projects completed efficiently, effect business transformation and bring products and services to market more quickly.

What’s creating this demand? One of the drivers for the development of PRINCE2 Agile is the increasingly mobile and dispersed nature of project teams these days. Many organizations are operating internationally and need a consistent approach to projects and change in all their territories, not least in order to meet governance requirements. Multinationals who have staff who are qualified to the same level in PRINCE2 Agile will be well placed to deploy valuable project management talent across the globe to work on projects as needed. PRINCE2 combines with agile to help lend controls to complex and dispersed development without stifling agility.

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Panagiotis Fiampolis

 

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Panagiotis Fiampolis
is Research & Development Director of PEOPLECERT. PEOPLECERT partners with multi-national organizations and government bodies for the development & management of globally recognised certification schemes and the delivery of their related standardized exams in over 140 countries. PEOPLECERT maintains certification programmes on behalf of a wide range of organizations, including the ECDL Foundation, City & Guilds, AXELOS (joint venture between the UK Cabinet Office and Capita plc.) for the Global Best Practice portfolio (including ITIL® and PRINCE2®).

PEOPLECERT has been selected as an Examination Institute to deliver the new AXELOS PRINCE2® Agile certification. For more information about PEOPLECERT visit http://www.peoplecert.org/