PRINCE2agile® Foundation Certification

My thanks to @AXELOS for showcasing the experiences of our PRINCE2Agile (p2a) student’s success stories- A year on our eLearning courses for P2A foundation has a 100% pass rate and P2A-Practitioner has had one fail and only by 1 mark 🙁  Undeniably practitioner is a very tough exam. The upside is it will be worth something on the CV/Resume.

AXELOS have shared four of our student’s success stories.
They are on AXELOS’ blog Shane’s and Clare’s and Emma’s and Allen-Phillip’s
Not interviewed is the Keeper of the Fabric of Hampton Court Palace who told me a year on that he is using insights from the course’s content on a daily basis.

Shane is a PMO Consultant. Clare is a project manager. Emma is Director of consulting at Wellingtone and Allen-Phillip an IT specialist in Dubia.

Shane’s post tells us about his motivation – “certification that complements practical experience”. P2a merges PRINCE2®’s governance strengths (facilitating leadership and sponsorship to guide and support development’s direction) with ‘agile’ insight. The result is agile’s pragmatism about avoiding bureaucracy, being delivery oriented and adaptive at the development level is integrated to P2’s ability to meet control needs at the investment level – As PMO leader and Project or Program manager this is heaven-sent common-sense in a certified and auditable wrapper!

Clare came to PRINCE2Agile with a need to adapt to the evolving ‘common language’ in her organisation. Communications were increasingly agile oriented. 

As PMO consultant…I can now relate and work effectively with someone who is inclined to use one method over the other

Clare’s role includes presenting project’s status to stakeholders outside agile ways of working. “I loved it from the moment I started and knew  that if I’d had this body of knowledge five years ago, life would have been much easier”

Shane was skeptical the two could work together. Our course completely changed his perception. I (Simon) have 35+years experience which I used to really emphasise the context beyond the narrow constraints of the syllabus: result? – You take-away ‘how-to’ insight about the strengths of both, about their common themes with different names and you can link the whole to your needs in ‘the-real-world’.

In Shane’s words “As PMO consultant…I can now relate and work effectively with someone who is inclined to use one method over the other”.

Emma and Allen-Phillip had similar motivations and results.

Our PRINCE2Agile course has a unique perspective for an exam topic; train how to use the method then provide plenty of revision aids for the exam element. An approach prompted by research showcased in Make-It-Stick. Simon explains prince2 and agile as a single integrated whole in several recorded webinars. He explains a simple common-sense solution across the organisation’s needs at Lead, Manage and Deliver levels that integrates agile practmatism with p2 governance. Shane knew something of both P2 and agile before he started but he notes ” this certification is …suited to someone at entry level”.

Carefully applied Instructional Design to help the novice get the best outcome

Before I started recording this eLearning and our earlier PRINCEAgile Practitioner and PRINCE2 eLearning I carefully structured topics when creating each course to ensure you get ground-up explanations. Important for you because in a live class questions like “Can you give me context or an example?” are immediate.

Its easy to ask in eLearning too but not normally as immediate. If you are entirely new to projects, to prince and or to agile you’ll be able to follow the course and pass the Foundation certification without any additional reading or resources.


PS If you need support deciding on a path eMail-me, or you can tweet-me, or call +44 (0) 84 52 57 57 07

PPS Common questions are:

  • “Should I do PRINCE? – My answer “Why would you when P2A puts both P2 and agile on your CV AND P2A gives you the ‘justifications and smarts’ to avoids prince’s worst bureaucracies!?”
  • “Should I do practitioner as well as foundation?” – My answer “That’s a little less clear cut. Foundation is 90% of the factual study, 60% of the total workload and 95% of the real-world knowledge you need. If you want the extra effort (learning how to answer practitioner exam questions) and extra exam cost for the incremental value then go for it with open eyes. NOTE though that the ‘P’ (practitioner) probably does carry more ‘reputation’ than the F but I find that hard to quantify. It isn’t extra real-world ability but it is extra certificate ‘kudos’.