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When it comes to project management, most people will have heard of either PRINCE2 or Agile management frameworks. This is because these are two of the biggest best practice project management frameworks available at the moment.

While PRINCE2 training is still important, there now exists an opportunity to draw on agile methodologies and access the best of both worlds. 

What are the differences between PRINCE2 and Agile?

Previously, these two methodologies were believed to be mutually exclusive due to their fundamental differences in ethos and processes. Critics of PRINCE2 argued that this best practice is overly administrative and tends to over privilege documentation. It is understood to focus on waterfall development cycles that ossified the upfront requirements and conditions of the project, leaving little room for feedback and thus change.  

Agile, on the other hand, was a believed to be characterised by its uncontrollable processes and its lack of effective planning. The main argument was that this fluid system was not anchored to a strong understanding of the customer's needs as well as the possibilities of success. 

When it comes to project management, most people will have heard of either PRINCE2 or Agile management frameworks.

However, both of these characteristics are drawn from a number of misunderstandings. 

One of the major reasons why project management practitioners believe that PRINCE2 is archaic and slow is that the PRINCE2 training providers are only teaching to the test rather than inculcating a real world approach. However, there is a number of providers who focus on effective real-world training that circumnavigates the limited scope of testing. 

Additionally, agile is not a mindless endeavour, but it can be a steep learning curve for those who are either not trained in project management or use another methodology. Not only is the language used unique, agile also focuses on a number of different ideas and processes than other methodologies. 

While both have their benefits and disadvantages, in the past, practitioners have been of the opinion that agile and PRINCE2 methodologies were incompatible.

However, this all changed when AXELOS released PRINCE2 Agile in June 2015. 

How could PRINCE2 Agile work for you?How could PRINCE2 Agile work for you?

What benefits does PRINCE2 Agile have?

Importantly, PRINCE2 Agile has a number of benefits and it is primarily aimed at project managers and organisations who have already been through PRINCE2 training and would like to implement agile practices alongside.

PRINCE2 Agile is the logical step, as both PRINCE2 and Agile methodologies have a range of similarities, such as stakeholder buy-in and effective sponsorship. 

PRINCE2 strengths lie in its ability to move a project forward, but when the delivery stage approaches, agile comes into its own through prototyping, measuring consumer needs and product satisfaction.

If you would like to know more about PRINCE2 Agile methodologies, talk to the experts in the field. Get in contact with ALC Training today and find out more. 

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