PRINCE2 Study Guide – A Book Review
According to a PM expert, having undefined roles and responsibilities is one factor that can derail a project. In contrast, having a methodology that defines and clarifies project participants’ roles, needs and responsibilities is a major plus factor in achieving project accountability and success. PRINCE2 is an internationally recognized and widely adopted project management method. Among its many benefits is its explicit recognition of project responsibilities from all stakeholders. PRINCE2 Study Guide is a book that will help its readers be fully prepared to take both the Foundation and Practitioner certification exams.
This first paperback edition was published in May 2012 by Sybex publishing. It has 528 pages and is about 1.1 inches thick. The front cover displays the familiar theme of a photo of a lighthouse on a scenic seafront location on a white background. The author’s name is at the top left, with the title below it in large fonts. ISBN-10: 1119970784; ISBN-13: 978-1119970781
PRINCE2 Study Guide is for professionals who want to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner certification exams. It is also for anyone interested to learn about this widely recognized and adopted PM methodology.
What Customers Say
Andrew Ko describes PRINCE2 Study Guide as an excellent project management book with well-organized material, proper focus on how to apply the method in real-life projects, and clear links with other processes, that helped him pass the Foundation exam.
Qasim stated that the best aspects of the book is its price, its content and its straight approach to the PRINCE2 framework, as compared to the official manual. Another great feature for him is the great number of questions for the Foundation and Practitioner exams that will help the reader get certified.
Content, Approach, Style
PRINCE2 Study Guide is divided into an introduction, an assessment test, 12 chapters and five appendices. The introduction briefly described PRINCE2, its benefits, the advantages of getting accredited, and an overview of the study guide. A 44-question assessment test and its answers follows. Next is Chapter 1 that provides an overview of PRINCE2. Chapters 2, 10 and 11 discuss the seven processes. Chapters 3 to 9 covers the seven themes. Chapter 12 discusses the framework and how it can be tailored to a project environment. Every chapter has a summary, exam essentials and review questions section. The appendices provides answers to the sample questions as well as explanation to the question and answer. They also provides a summary of management products, good exam techniques, more Foundation exam questions, and links for additional tools.
Each section is identified with topic headers, and paragraphs are of readable length. Language used is easy to understand, with special terminologies defined. It uses bold and italicized fonts, bullet lists, tables, figures and special visual markers to get attention and place emphasis.
Why Buy the Book
PRINCE2 Study Guide is a very helpful material for anyone who wants to pass the certification exams. It has received a much favorable review for its content, presentation, sample questions, tips and techniques, compared to the official manual. The additional exam prep tools that can be downloaded also offers great help to the aspiring project professional.
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David Hinde is the founder and senior consultant of Orgtopia, a privately held project and change management consultancy firm based in London, UK. He has over 20 years of experience of helping organizations achieve successful projects and implement business-critical change. His clients include Deloitte and Touche, Eli Lilly, the BBC, the UK government and NATO. He has published many articles about change and project management. David received his Bachelors degree in Economics from Bristol University, and his Masters degree in Computer Science from Imperial College London. In his consultancy engagements, he has helped many organizations using best practices approach such as agile, PRINCE2 and PMI. David is also a member and an accredited management coach of the Association of Coaching. He is a PRINCE2 qualified trainer and a PMP.