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Make training a full day – don’t rush to finish early!

If you are investing the time to attend a training course, either externally or on an in-house training course, then make the most of it.

You are there to learn and will learn from the trainer or facilitator,  the other attendees and by taking time at the end to reflect.
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PRINCE2 Foundation Training Courses Manchester

PRINCE2 Foundation Courses in Manchester
3 Day PRINCE2 Foundation Training Courses Manchester  – Normal Price £895.00 + VAT. Our Price £625.00 + VAT
If you wish to book any of the PRINCE2 Foundation course dates below or you would like further PRINCE2
course information including alternative locations available then please call us on 0845 519 7408 or email
PRINCE2 Foundation training courses in Manchester:
13th February – Manchester
5th March – Manchester
16th April – Manchester
14th May – Manchester
18th June – Manchester
23rd July – Manchester
20th August – Manchester
17th September – Manchester
15th October – Manchester
PRINCE2 Foundation Course Description
At the end of the PRINCE2 Foundation training course, a delegate will be able to act as an informed member
of a project team and be able to contribute to the creation of management documents and reports.
Delegates will be able to be given tasks to complete within the project and understand where that work
fits with the overall scheme of the larger project.
A successful candidate should understand the structure and key terminology of the method. Specifically,
the successful candidate should understand:-
The characteristics and context of a project and the benefits of adopting PRINCE2
The purpose of the PRINCE2 roles, management products and themes
The PRINCE2 principles
The purpose, objectives and context of the PRINCE2 processes.
This course leads to the PRINCE2 Foundation level certification.  Delegates are prepared for the
Foundation examination and will normally take this examination on the third day of the course.  The
Foundation qualification is a pre-requisite for the Practitioner examination.
For further information, please visit our Accreditation page.
Pre-Requisites and Pre-Course Preparation
There are no pre-requisites for this course.
Due to exceptionally intensive nature of this course, there is between 6 and 15 hours of pre-course
preparation to be completed and it is vital to the success of the course that this work is completed.  The
pace of the course is unrelenting and there will be no opportunity during the course itself to try and
catch up.  The actual time taken by each delegate will vary enormously and will depend on the individual,
their learning style, existing knowledge or skills, and project management experience.
In addition, delegates should allow for 2 to 3 hours of evening work on each of the two evenings during
the course.  This is to allow consolidation of the learning provided during the day and to provide
sufficient practice with the sample examination questions provided in order to pass.
Audience Profile
This course is aimed at project managers, project management consultants and aspiring project managers. It
is also relevant to other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects,
Project Board members
Senior Responsible Owners
Project Sponsors
Senior management involved in making project-level decisions
Team Managers
Product Delivery Managers
Project team members
Business Analysts
Subject matter experts delivering or providing expertise to a project
Project Assurance
Business Change Analysts
Change Board members
Risk managers
Stakeholder representatives
Project Support
Project Office support staff
Programme Office personnel
Planners and plan creators
operational line managers/staff involved in a project, or intending to be involved
Included in the Course
Courseware, exercises and handouts
PRINCE2 official manual
Pre-course preparation resources
Examination tips, tricks and techniques
Both of the official sample exam papers from APMG
Lunch, either buffet, sandwiches or cafe, depending on the venue
Course Content
Introduction to Principles, Themes and Processes
Overview of Processes
Business Case Theme
Organisation Theme
Starting Up a Project
Initiating a Project
Review of Day 1
Risk Theme
Quality Theme
Change Theme
Controlling a Stage
Managing Product Delivery
Review of Day 2
Progress Theme
Managing a Stage Boundary
Plans Theme
Closing a Project
Directing a Project – Review
Revision and exam
The timetable and order of events may be varied by the trainer where they see an opportunity to give
delegates a better learning experience.
PRINCE2 Foundation Training Course Manchester
3 Day PRINCE2 Foundation Course Manchester  – Normal Price £895.00 + VAT. Our Price £625.00 + VAT
If you wish to book any of the PRINCE2 Foundation course dates above or you would like further PRINCE2
Foundation course information including alternative locations available then please call us on 0845 519
7408 or email

PRINCE2 Foundation Training Courses in Manchester

3 Day PRINCE2 Foundation Training Courses Manchester – RRP Price £709.00 + VAT. Our Price from £589.50+ VAT

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Why you should make time for reflection

“We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” John Dewey.

However rewarding it can be to lead a team, there will always be one difficulty: what worked yesterday might not work today, or ever again.

If one of the definitions of leadership is “to achieve a common goal by enlisting other people” you can immediately see how you need to continuously revisit your practice, as people change.

Your team members will be affected by changes in your organisation, in your industry and the world around them. Their aspirations might change, their personal lives might change, even their relationship with you can change.

That is why those in leadership and management positions (and those aspiring to them) need to revisit their practice continuously. And the easiest way to do this is by taking time to reflect.

Reflection should form part of every leader’s schedule. Especially during busy times, we have to find time to stop, reflect and make sure we are operating at our best.

This is why taking time off to learn and train is so satisfying: because you can focus on your own development unapologetically. But, while learning doesn’t need to be formalised, it might help if we formalise the time to reflect. And if we can spread this to our team members and create a culture of reflecting together, then you can kill both individual and team development birds with one stone. (But that is a thought for another post.)

So, here are some suggestions on how to formalise your time to reflect:

  • Mark a one-hour slot every fortnight in your diary and the office diary. Give it a formal sounding name like “Strategy Review” or “Professional Development”.
  • Allocate 15 minutes at the end of the day to reflect on the day (and plan the next day)
  • Leave your desk space.
  • If possible change your surroundings and if you can, leave your building. A change of surroundings can do wonders for your creativity.
  • Define your communications policy during your time off.
  • Make yourself unavailable

And once you have formalised your time to reflect:

  • Meet up with a colleague or peer to have a “how’s it going” chat.
    Think over the last two weeks: what did you wish you had done differently and what achievements are you proud of? How can you learn from your mistakes and build on your successes?
  • Think of whether there is anything you would like to do differently but you don’t quite know how. And what you can do to fill that skills/knowledge gap?
  • Think about recent events.  What did you do really well, what would you improve next time?

Make reflection a habit and you will always have the time for it. It’s a simple way of taking charge of your own professional development.

NEW Cisco Voice & Security Professional Certification Tracks

Cisco have recently announced major updates to the Voice and Security certification tracks. Each professional level certification track has been re-branded, CCNP Voice and CCNP Security, and includes major course updates as well as new course introductions.  These new revisions/introductions reflect a focus on “job role” objectives rather than “product features” as earlier tracks incorporated.

We have summarised some of the changes below and can provide more detailed information on any of the below.  Just contact us on 0845 519 7408 or email blake.henegan@optimussourcing.comContinue reading “NEW Cisco Voice & Security Professional Certification Tracks”

7 Top Tips for Making your Learning & Development Budget Go Further

We all know that companies have felt the pinch and this isn’t an article moaning about that as the economy  – although you can see the L&D view of the economy from the latest CIPD report

However as the training and learning budget is always one of the things that gets cut first it is still wise for companies to know how to make this budget go further.  So here are our 7 Top Tips for Making the Learning & Development Budget go  further. Continue reading “7 Top Tips for Making your Learning & Development Budget Go Further”