Real-world and Practical PRINCE2®

Real-world and Practical PRINCE2®

An intensive course that equips attendees with fluency in techniques for application within their projects when Back@Work.

This course is targeted at those who have taken an exam cram course (whether passed or not) and are now asking: “how do I actually use PRINCE2®?”). See below for the equivalent course for those who are new to PRINCE2® and new to project management.

You Will Learn To

  • Apply PRINCE2® to the real-world.
  • Tailor PRINCE2® to your local needs on a per-project basis by discarding the inappropriate and adding locally required elements.


  • 4 Days
  • 0900 to 1630 formal class hours
  • 1630 onward informal/ optional time for discussion of “topics raised on the day” and demonstration of relevant software tools if wanted
  • 1530 finish on last day.

Course Benefits

Learn how to extract the maximum value from the best project management control structure available in the public domain.

Focus on usage turns your exam cram investment into lasting knowledge and insight into what PRINCE2® is good at and how to use it. Fill the gaps where PRINCE2® fails to provide guidance: in short acquire a complete understanding to apply PRINCE2® to real world situations.

Prior knowledge from an exam preparation course is a presumed (see our 5 day version below for those new to PRINCE2® and new to project management).

Each tool of planning, control and progress monitoring is introduced, explained, discussed in the class and practiced via case study session.

Who Should Attend

Registered practitioners who feel their exam cram course taught them how to answer exam questions rather than how to use the method and now want insights in how to use PRINCE2® Back@Work.

Content – Planning

  • Mostly the same material as our “Foundation Skills for Would Be PRINCE2® Practitioners”. but with an amended delivery focus and shorter time-scale. Real-world and practical is aimed at Registered Practitioners, this course is aimed at those without familiarity of PRINCE2® principles, themes, processes, roles, activities and other elements.
  • Fundamentals that start projects on the road to success
  • Taking the skills back to work, Project Lifecycle In The Class And In The Office.
  • PRINCE2® on a page, The whole process model. PRINCE2® on a page again: the components.
  • Definitions & the PM’s job through the lifecycle, Principals of Stages and Rolling Wave Planning
  • Expanding SU and IP’s approach to scoping and planning
    • Better Faster Cheaper: Tools and techniques defining scope, establishing stakeholder’s real needs and wants, Know The End Point, Know The Trade-Offs
    • Better, Faster, Cheaper (pick two), Know the limits, tolerance and escalations, Balancing Risk Versus Reward, Deliverables (PBP, Product Descriptions and Work Packages), What v. how (PD & WP).
  • Expanding Chapter 7 the Planning Theme
    • Surer, safer, steadier: Tools and techniques to ensure the project’s scope of work is unambiguously defined and agreed
    • Breakdown structures, PBS, WBS & WBS Dictionary, Guidelines for construction of a PBS & WBS, Breakdown Structure Rules & Guidelines, Activity is Verb, Product is Noun.
    • Skilful application of scheduling: Part 1 Knowing who could to do what and when, Precedence Diagram Method, Tasks in PDM/ Network diagrams, Critical Path, Float & Slack, Network Diagram to Resource Gantt.
    • Skilful application of scheduling actives: Part 2 Knowing that the resources are available , Resource Gantt to Resource Histogram, Resourcing and levelling, Cumulative Resources & Timing, Finalise and Baseline the plan, Base-lining.
    • 7.3.4 Estimating: Black-art to transparent process producing reliable figures, The Importance of Good Estimates, The Difficulties, Confidence over a Range, Three point estimates, Adding uncertainties, Calculating Contingency, Showing Schedule & Cost Contingency, Deriving the quantities, Estimating techniques, Parametric estimates, Analogous estimates.

Content – Maintaining control

  • Avoiding bureaucracy and running the project to budget and schedule, Risk assessment, Communications Strategy, Progress Report Template (Highlight & Checkpoint), Actions & Responses.
  • Sources of Change & Configuration Management.
  • Quality & Scope, Quality Control: Using the Quality Register & Quality Review technique, Verification, Scope Creep, Validation.
  • Project Execution, Staying on the straight and narrow path all the way to the project’s end point, Planning Draws The Map, Tests For A Current Plan, What happens in execution?, Checking the Route, Assessing Status, Analysing Measurements.

Content – Close-out: Agreeing we’re done

  • Acceptance, Product Close-Out: Handover, Project Close-Out, Parties and Lessons Learned.
  • Conclusions and wrap-up



Throughout the course a Case-study and exercises are used to introduce, practice and consolidate effective use of techniques and understanding of the concepts of project management. Discussion after every practical segment explores the issues and actions for adding value Back@Work.