Project & Programme Management

Why being or hiring a Praxis Practitioner is a good move

Adrian Dooley, Lead Author of the Praxis Framework, explains the benefits of the Praxis Framework Practitioner.

There are three things that make a Praxis Framework Practitioner stand out.

Firstly, the breadth and flexibility of their knowledge. By eliminating duplication, the Praxis Framework Practitioner course is able to cover material that would otherwise need the learner to take a PRINCE2® Practitioner, MSP® Practitioner and APM PMQ to get the same coverage.

Traditionally, good practice guides (I avoid the term best practice because 'best' implies it can't get better – and that's just wrong) identify as applying to one of three types of initiative: a project, a programme or a portfolio. But reality does not fit neatly into three mutually exclusive buckets. Praxis Framework Practitioners don't fit into one of these three buckets either – they understand that there is a spectrum and each individual initiative may incorporate elements of what is traditionally considered a project, programme or portfolio.

Secondly, Praxis Framework Practitioners realise that they have to take the basics and think for themselves.

It's what behavioural scientists call 'the nudge'. Simple things like writing every document with initial capital letters and providing a detailed specification of the document has an effect. It implies that there is only one way to do it and it must be done that way. Once that nudge has taken effect, no amount of advice on the need to tailor will get people out of the mind-set that leads to the "I did exactly what it says in paragraph 3 on page 48 – so it's not my fault the project failed." Praxis qualifies a lot of statements with words like 'usually' to constantly emphasise that there is no 'one size fits all'.

Thirdly, Praxis Framework Practitioners realise that the course and certification do not cover everything in the framework (and of course, the framework is constantly growing). They have access to immediate and extensive opportunities for continuing development. Tools like the checklist-based 360o assessment and the iMA approach to understanding how different personalities in a team interpret the basics in different ways.

From an individual's point of view, having the Praxis Framework Practitioner demonstrates that you have a broad understanding of project and programme management and a pragmatic approach to applying it.

From an employer's point of view, a Praxis Framework Practitioner is not only someone with a very practical knowledge set but can also make immediate use of Praxis based resources that help them apply their knowledge in a very visible way.

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