Praxis Framework™ is a Project, Programme, and Portfolio (P3M) Management Framework formed of four integral components. These are ‘Knowledge’, ‘Method’, ‘Competence’, and ‘Capability Maturity’. In recent times, the sphere of P3 Management has broadened drastically and the number of relevant guidance-based publications has increased. In response, the Praxis framework has been developed to incorporate all existing, trusted, and proven P3M Management guidance, to provide an integrated framework that combines projects, programmes and portfolios into a single guide.

A pivotal characteristic of this P3 Management (P3M) framework is its flexibility. It has been meticulously designed in order to be adapted and tailored to the context of any project, programme, or portfolio. This means that once sufficiently trained in the Praxis Framework™, certified professionals will possess the capability to consider each of the four core components in turn, and gradually alter the framework to suit particular business requirements.

It is also notable that the Praxis Framework™ links closely with other trusted and well-known Project and Programme Management frameworks, namely PRINCE2® and MSP®. This connection exists due to the fact that all three methodologies are based on a life cycle, which passes through multiple phases. Hence, during training, delegates will learn how they can gain and benefit from using the Praxis Framework™ in conjunction with alternative Project Management structures. Praxis is a free framework for the management of projects, programmes and portfolios. It includes a body of knowledge, methodology, and competency framework and capability maturity model. The framework is supported by a knowledgebase of resources and an encyclopaedia.

Included in the price of this course is a copy of the APM Praxis Framework Manual and both the Praxis Framework Foundation and Praxis Framework Practitioner examination fees.

This event introduces delegates to the Praxis Framework. The Praxis Foundation level equips you with an understanding of project and programme functions – in addition to the processes and documentation used to manage lifecycle phases. Foundation enables you to work effectively as part of any project or programme management team. It is a pre-requisite for the Practitioner qualification. The Praxis Practitioner level builds on the understanding developed at Foundation level, providing you with the knowledge to apply and tailor Praxis to your organisation’s projects or programmes.

This course is suitable for those working in a P3M (Projects, Programmes, and Portfolios) Managerial environment as either a:

  • Practising project or programme manager.
  • Project or programme team member wishing to become a manager

Or an individual who:

  • Is interested in a career in project or programme management.
  • Is pursuing the Praxis Framework Practitioner certificate.

The Praxis Framework Certifications confirm you understand and can apply the framework to projects and programmes – ensuring they achieve optimal results. You would need to take at least three separate project and programme management certifications to reach the breadth of guidance provided by Praxis. The contents of these certifications often overlap - forcing you to study duplicated themes and terminologies, risk management for example is covered by many certifications. Being completely comprehensive, Praxis removes repetition by covering all of the key areas – combining the value of three introductory certifications into a single one.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and terminology of the Praxis approach to P3 management.
    • Purpose of the Praxis framework, the P3 roles, documents and functions, and their use in the Praxis process models.
    • Goals and activities within the Praxis process models and how they interface
    • Importance and goals of interpersonal skills in the P3M environment, and their recognised models.
    • Characteristics and context of a project and a programme and the benefits of effective P3M management.
  • Understand the relationships between the roles, documents, functions, techniques and processes.
  • Apply and understand how to tailor Praxis effectively to a project or programme within an organisational environment based on Praxis.
    • Be able to apply the roles, functions, techniques and processes to a P3M scenario.
    • Be able to create and assess P3M documents for a given scenario.

Delegates will be provided with a copy of the APM Praxis Framework Manual. Delegates must bring this book with them to the course. This text is the basis for the course, it is advised that delegates will have read this book and be familiar with its content before they arrive.

The course will cover the following syllabus areas:

The Praxis Framework

  • Praxis Framework™ Overview
  • Defining Projects, Programmes, and Portfolios
  • The Process Model
  • Lifecycles
  • Praxis & DSDM Agile
  • Governance
  • P3 Maturity  and Capability
  • Relationships with other P3 approaches

Processes

  • Project and Programme Processes
  • Portfolio Processes
  • Documentation

Integrative Management Functions

  • Organisation Management
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Business Case
  • Information Management
  • Requirements Management
  • Scope Management
  • Change Management
  • Schedule Management
  • Financial Management
  • Risk Management
  • Procurement
  • Resource Management

Interpersonal Skills

  • Conflict management
  • Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Negotiation
  • Influencing
  • Communication

Examination

Key exam information:

Foundation

  • 75 simple multiple-choice questions
  • 60 minutes (1 Hour) duration
  • Closed book
  • 50% pass mark (38 marks out of 75).

Practitioner

  • Complex multiple-choice questions based on a scenario
  • 4 questions per paper
  • 2.5 (150 min) hours duration
  • Open book (only the Praxis Framework can be referred to)
  • 50% pass mark (40 marks out of 80).

 

There are no prerequisites for this course, although delegates would benefit from some experience of working in a project or programme environment prior to attendence. Please be advised that additional evening work will be required in the form of consolidation reading and mock examination questions. The evening work is an integral part of the course and delegates should expect to spend approximately two hours on these activities each evening. The evening work is aimed at helping effective preparation for the examination.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the APMG.