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HF PMP: comparison with Prince2

Gian Franco
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I recently passed the first exam of the Prince2 series, a projectmanagement method very common in Europe.

Since PMP is a requirement in some (bigger) companies, I'm interested to know (in a nutshell) what the mayor differences are between the two.



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Suresh Bansal
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Both should be very similar. I have passed PMP but i am not aware of the exam contents for prince 2, as both are project management exams. You can visit for more information. PMP basically details out a set a processes which must be followed for an succesfull project execution.

Let me know if you have any specific questions.

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Hendy Setyo Mulyo
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I think Prince 2 is only useful in Europe. It is rarely used in Asia or America. Correct me if I am wrong.

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Paul Michael
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I'm located in Asia working for a UK based company. A few years back our company even sent out PMs to have Prince2 trainings in the UK.

But now, even the PMs located in UK are getting PMI training. My guess is that PMP is more and more becoming the industry standard nowadays?

Hope someone would clear out my assumptions if they are incorrect.

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Pradeep bhatt
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What is Prince2 ?

Mostafa Ahmed

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The following info from PRINCE2 WEBSITE:

PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based method for effective project management.

PRINCE2 is a de facto standard used extensively by the UK Government and is widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally.

The method PRINCE2 is in the public domain, offering non-proprietorial best practice guidance on project management. PRINCE2 is a registered trademark of OGC.

The key features of PRINCE2 are:

Its focus on business justification
A defined organisation structure for the project management team
Its product-based planning approach
Its emphasis on dividing the project into manageable and controllable stages
Its flexibility to be applied at a level appropriate to the project.

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Darya Akbari
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Originally posted by Paul Michael Laborte:
My guess is that PMP is more and more becoming the industry standard...

That's my impression too.

Edvins Reisons
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I recently looked into the processes of getting certified under both systems, and the PMI approach struck me as significantly more bureaucratic (like, file thousands of hours of PM experience - I wonder who and how is going to check this?).
(A correction for the "who and how" part - the PMI audit process discussed
in this thread).
[ December 07, 2007: Message edited by: Edvins Reisons ]
Billy Tsai
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whats the 2 for?

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