Thursday, 26 February 2009

PRINCE2® for Girls - and all the Women in Technology

We were delighted to see large numbers of women have attended the BPUG Congress – proof indeed that the ladies are becoming more and more visible among the ranks of project managers, which has in the past been dominated by men.

Of course, we are not being sexist here and the success of the gentlemen is still as interesting to us – however, we are indeed very pleased to see women gaining acknowledgement and more senior roles in their organisations.

This is a theme that is becoming more and more prevalent – and we should know: our CEO, Melanie Franklin, has been a leader within this industry for many years now!

Elizabeth Harrin, the author of Project Management in the Real World and blogger of PM4Girls, gave a presentation at BPUG on how to use web 2.0 technologies to enable better and more frequent communication. Elizabeth combines her writing career with a programme management role at Spire Healthcare – no mean feat!

Meanwhile, Sue Vowler of Project Angels is the Lead Author of the new P3O Guidance which is creating huge amounts of interest among senior executives in both the public and private sectors.

Another woman who is playing a very important role in the Project Management world is Emma Jones, the new Chief Examiner for the PRINCE2 exams. Emma enlightened delegates at the BPUG Congress as to the impact of the update of PRINCE2 on the accompanying examinations. She reassured everyone that their PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification will remain valid until they need to re-register, and that the update is more “evolution than revolution”.

Maven Training is joining in Suw Charman-Anderson’s crusade to “Bring Women in Technology to the fore” by supporting the Ada Lovelace Day – an international day of blogging, taking place on 24th March, to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Suw says: “Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants. The list of tech-related careers is endless.”

And that’s not all!

As we’re sensing a bit of a movement here, we thought we would celebrate by launching a new course especially for the ladies! Called PRINCE2® for Girls, the first course will take place on 30th March at our training centre in London. As a special treat, all delegates will receive a complimentary head and shoulder massage after their course. Go to our website for further details!

What about the boys?

Don’t worry though boys – we haven’t forgotten about you and have already got our thinking caps on as to what we can do specially for you. We’d love to hear your ideas so let us know via this blog!


  1. I'm so glad this course is finally available - it seems ages since we first started talking about it! I hope it goes well and that you get lots of interest.

  2. I'm glad to hear you are repeating the PRINCE2® for Girls course. I was on the first course and enjoyed it immensely. I was even more pleased when I got my result!

    I'm not sure why a female-only group makes such a difference; I found we were mutually supportive and encouraging which created a warm and productive environment.

    Ursula Rutherford