The PRINCE2® certification examination is hard to cross due to the model of goal testing and the variety of questions it’s a must to reply.
However PRINCE2 itself just isn’t a troublesome methodology to be taught – and the official guide is definitely fairly simple to comply with and perceive.
we used the 2 official PRINCE2 handbooks:
and the associate e-book:
To be trustworthy, I didn’t take into consideration shopping for every other books on the time, as these had been sufficient alongside the course materials from my coaching supplier.
Nevertheless, there a variety of books obtainable that can assist you perceive the core themes, ideas and processes of PRINCE2. In case you are finding out to your examination and questioning what to learn to complement your studying, listed below are my suggestions. Plus one e-book I don’t suggest in any respect!
1. Managing Profitable Initiatives with PRINCE2
I believe it is best to learn the unique steerage. It’s written in a really accessible approach. In case your coaching supplier doesn’t present it, it’s value investing in. Not least as a result of Practitioner is an open e-book examination and you’ll tab and annotate your guide that can assist you within the take a look at.
Ensure you get the 2017 (newest) model.
It’s costly – see in the event you can put it on your online business bills however is the most effective PRINCE2 e-book and you’ll cross the examination with simply this one.
2. PRINCE2 Handbook
The PRINCE2 Handbook is one other official AXELOS publication. It condenses the entire of the ‘correct’ guide right into a smaller format and acts as your fast reference information.
Be warned although, it’s precisely that: a fast reference information. It’s helpful as a reminiscence jog and one thing to slide into your bag for examination revision on the go, however it isn’t a substitute for the complete textbook.
Plus, it’s loads cheaper!
3. PRINCE2 Examine Information (2017 Replace) by David Hinde
In case you are discovering the PRINCE2 guide arduous going or you might be utilizing the self-study route, then David Hinde’s e-book is for you.
It takes the official textual content and presents it in a approach that’s accessible. OK, it’s nonetheless not probably the most attention-grabbing content material on the planet, however it is going to enable you cross the exams. There are pattern questions on the finish of every chapter and extra questions within the appendices.
That is very a lot a examine information, and it focuses on serving to you get by the take a look at slightly than on changing into the most effective undertaking supervisor you might be. It’s lengthy. Could be higher to get the e book model in case you are planning on carrying it round as a revision information.
4. PRINCE2 Made Easy by Ian Lawton
This examination information is way shorter. It’s informally written and condenses loads into the pages. There aren’t any pattern questions nevertheless it does an excellent job of explaining the totally different themes, ideas and processes of PRINCE2.
It’s additionally fairly priced!
Nevertheless, I might use it as an introduction or as supplemental materials for the Basis examination. You may discover it a bit gentle in some areas for Practitioner. You probably have good course materials out of your coaching supplier, you wouldn’t want this.
5. Directing Profitable Initiatives with PRINCE2
Directing Profitable Initiatives with PRINCE2 just isn’t a necessary learn for the examination, however it’s tremendous helpful and supplies numerous background details about undertaking context that’s useful.
This e-book is the associate e-book to Managing Profitable Initiatives with PRINCE2 (because the identify suggests). It’s geared toward senior managers and senior undertaking leaders. It covers the sorts of issues that that you must know as a undertaking sponsor working in a PRINCE2 surroundings.
The e-book approaches the undertaking world from the angle of somebody in a management function, so it’s indirectly related to undertaking managers doing the day-to-day work. Nevertheless, with the ability to see what the undertaking course of seems like on the exec aspect may be very useful and provides you a rounded view.
That background information is helpful for bettering your apply and filling in a number of the gaps in how the entire thing is meant to work.
In case your supervisor is completely happy to fund this one, get it!
6. PRINCE2 Agile
Are you taking the Agile model of PRINCE2? That is the e-book for you. It’s the official AXELOS handbook.
The e-book covers agile fundamentals, PRINCE2 fundamentals and has a helpful part on what to repair and what to flex.
The second a part of the e-book is the steerage, tailoring and strategies which can be core for the examination. It seems at the way to apply the ideas, themes and processes in an agile approach and explains the way to handle product supply.
Half 3 seems at areas of specific focus for PRINCE2 Agile just like the Agilometer and the way to handle communications, releases and contracts. There are many diagrams and I discovered it OK to learn, not too dry.
Keith Richards is likely one of the authors and that provides me immense confidence within the high quality and applicability of the textual content. I’m certain the opposite authors are nice too, however I don’t suppose I do know any of them! I hadn’t realized that Keith was behind this e-book.
7. PRINCE2 Agile: An Implementation Pocket Information
There are hardly any PRINCE2 Agile examination prep guides round.
This e-book by Jamie Lynn Cooke is obtainable as an Audible e book and on Kindle in addition to in paperback format. Nevertheless, it isn’t an examination prep e-book for the agile take a look at. As a substitute, it’s a information to implementing PRINCE2 Agile in your personal surroundings.
It covers the vital issues to know for agile success, the way to swap from ‘peculiar’ PRINCE2 to the agile model, merging all of the strategies collectively and different matters that can help you get agile entering into your group.
It’s one thing to learn earlier than you are taking a coaching course, to present you a little bit of background on the terminology and context, particularly in the event you already sat the ‘vanilla’ Practitioner examination and are actually including agile to your toolkit.
And right here’s a e-book I don’t suggest:
Passing Your PRINCE2 Exams
Passing Your PRINCE2 Exams is an AXELOS official textual content, however I’m truthfully not satisfied it’s definitely worth the cash.
It supplies an summary of the certifications and the syllabus for the Basis and Practitioner examination. It talks about what routes you should use to sit down the examination and how one can keep your certification.
However in case you are taking a PRINCE2 coaching course, you then would get that steerage out of your coaching supplier. And in case you are self-studying, then your examine supplies or prep e-book would cowl all this.
Should you haven’t but made the choice to take the examination, maybe it might assist you already know what you might be letting your self in for. Nevertheless, if in case you have the cash to spare, I like to recommend you apply it to a PRINCE2 examination simulator as an alternative, as you’ll get extra confidence and worth from being exam-ready.
How to decide on PRINCE2 books
An important consideration, no matter PRINCE2 e-book (or books) you find yourself shopping for, is to verify they’re aligned to the newest model of the guide. There are nonetheless previous variations of a number of books floating round on the market, so double verify that you just aren’t getting the 2009 model by mistake.
Subsequent, take into consideration what different supplies you’ll get as a part of your coaching course. In case you are self-studying, it’s extra vital to have the suitable studying materials. Nevertheless, too many books to learn simply provides you extra to do, and I believe that point might be higher spent doing apply examination questions.
Good luck along with your Research!