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Brilliant PRINCE2: What you really need to know about PRINCE2 (Brilliant Business) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Barker
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Book Description

Everything you need to know about the PRINCE2 qualification, whether your studying, have passed the exam and wondering what to do next, or simply wanting to start using the best of PRINCE2 straight away.

This book is designed to give practical information and advice about the project management method PRINCE2. This is a lighter version of the official text and more accessible, providing only what you need to know. It includes a reference map of PRINCE2’s approach and themes - a unique feature that will provide a rich, graphical representation of PRINCE2’s key features.


From the Author: According to the Office of Government Commerce, 20,000 organisations in 150 countries are using PRINCE2, and there’s an ever growing interest in becoming a qualified practitioner.  So for those with an interest in project management it’s one of the hottest tickets around.  I’ve written Brilliant PRINCE2 for those in search of a concise and accessible guide to this popular method.  It covers all of the core material.  So it’s ideal for those studying for a PRINCE2 exam, or looking for a handy reference source to back-up what’s been learned already.  (You’ll notice that the book has been accredited as an official PRINCE2 product.)


PRINCE2 is a big subject – the official manual weighs in at over 300 pages.  Brilliant PRINCE2 helps to make sense of it all, by guiding you step-by-step from project kick-off, through delivery and on to closure.  There are chapter-by-chapter summaries of all the key points – and topics are mapped back to the PRINCE2 manual.  You’ll even find two diagrams that each manage to fit PRINCE2 onto a single page!


Importantly, there’s also plenty of practical advice on applying PRINCE2 tools and techniques in the real world.  This is based on many years of using the method to deliver all sorts of projects.  You’ll find lots of useful tips, examples of best practice, and a good smattering of “war stories” to make the material easier to digest.

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About the Author

Stephen Barker is a highly experienced project manager, with a twenty year track record of successful delivery in all kinds of organisations.  Having been at the sharp end with clients who use PRINCE2, he knows what it takes to get PRINCE2 working for a project manager. Stephen has also acted as mentor, coach and trainer to project managers with a range of experience and abilities. 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 232 pages
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  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (9 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 4 Jun. 2013
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I've been developing an interest in project management as it's a skill needed at work, and having heard about Prince 2, I was looking for an easy-to-digest guide. This book is a good step through all the important aspects of Prince 2, being laid out in a logical fashion, then working through the various stages.
The detail is in there (principles, themes, stages, processes, roles, products) but it's written in an "easy read" style. I liked the examples and practical tips. The cartoons and war stories help break up the theory, and make what could be a dry subject easier to get to grips with. The chapter summaries are handy too.
Overall this book contains plenty of handy techniques that can be used whether or not you take up Prince 2, e.g. planning projects or dealing with risks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Aid to Applying Prince2 4 Jun. 2013
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I am new to Prince 2 and this book takes me right into a good understanding of the approach and how to use it in practice. It is not written from the perspective of any type of project so is readily applicable to all kinds of projects.

The book as a whole has a story to tell, but is broken up into manageable elements so you do not have to digest it all in one sitting. In fact it is written in an engaging style, with some anecdotes and cartoons helping to make what might be dull (even sleep inducing!) into something very interesting and worthwhile staying with. Reading the book did not induce sleep, in fact it held my attention well throughout.

It is certainly a great set of practical business tools, written in layman's language, so you do not need any specialist knowledge to understand what's been said.

I can thoroughly recommend this book.

Chris Eagle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 13 Oct. 2014
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I ordered this book to help prepare me for my recent Re-Registration exam and found it easy to read, logical and full of great, real-life examples. I found the style and flow of the book particularly useful as it approaches PRINCE2 from the perspective of the project life-cycle rather than sectioning the principles, themes and processes as stand-alone sections (as per the manual) - this approach beings the methodology to life in a way that the manual doesn’t. As there is more emphasis on the project lifecycle in the current 2009 methodology as opposed to the previous 2005 version, this approach is not only sensible (and clearly based on actual experience of managing PRINCE2 projects) but it also makes the book particularly useful for anyone either planning for their Re-Reg exam or looking for a refresher.
There is no substitute for the manual, but this book is a great accompaniment which works really well in conjunction with the formal methodology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars User friendly companion to the manual 3 Jun. 2013
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This is a very easy to digest companion to the Prince2 manual. It's always useful to have a different perspective on something and this provides a good complement to the official publication. I don't think there is enough in the book to actually learn Prince2, and in fact it makes this clear. But for someone who has done, or is about to do, the course, and needs a fresh view point on Prince 2, this is perfect
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful book, although far from complete. 21 Dec. 2014
By M.J.
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+ Pros: Easy to read, covers all the PRINCE2 bases in as few pages as possible. Useful for those already familiar with PRINCE2.
- Cons: Not a standalone study book, requires additional resources. Frustrating lack of depth for beginners.


I used this book in conjunction with other learning materials, and, I have to admit, it did have its uses. The author tries his best to make some pretty dense material easier to understand, whilst as the reader you come to appreciate the use of attempted humour in the book - it's very easy to read. My only critique is the paucity of information available about certain specialist terms or components of the methodology.

Too many times I found instances of where something, say, a specialist term, was alluded to and very briefly explained. It wasn't that the explanation was particularly bad, it just wasn't thorough enough. As someone new to PRINCE2 I found the lack of in-depth explanations frustrating and resorted to looking on the internet or in other books to 'get my head around' what had been said. What the author tries to condense into a single paragraph often takes up a couple of pages (or more) in other books, leading to a clear prioritisation of accessibility and readability over substance. This is evident in the length of the book; it is much shorter in length than similar books.

This book is a good, quick read if you're familiar with some of the basics of PRINCE2. However, if you're new to PRINCE2 it lacks the substance necessary to be a single point of reference and requires additional books or resources to be of any use. This is a bare-bones basic guide to PRINCE2, I'd suggest using other complimentary material to put the flesh on those bones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By yuko
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It is a good book. Not difficult to read. Easy to understand and got all the key points written in simple English. I prefer books like this than the official manual where you might lost interest reading it before halfway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and easy to digest 2 Jan. 2014
Logical, easy to digest and covering all you need to know about using Prince2 in real world situations I found Brilliant Prince2 to be just what I was looking for, with great practical tips and techniques to use. A must for Project Managers interested in Prince2.
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