What is PRINCE2?

PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a structured project management methodology that provides a scalable and customisable approach for managing projects of any size or complexity. It offers a comprehensive set of principles, processes, and best practices to guide project teams in delivering projects on time, within budget, and to the satisfaction of stakeholders.


PRINCE2 Key Features and Benefits

PRINCE2 encompasses several key features and benefits that contribute to successful project management:

  1. Universal Applicability: PRINCE2 is widely recognized and applicable to various industries and project types, making it a versatile framework for project management.
  2. Defined Roles and Responsibilities: PRINCE2 clearly defines roles and responsibilities for project team members, ensuring everyone understands their duties and contributes effectively to project success.
  3. Focus on Business Justification: PRINCE2 emphasises the importance of maintaining a strong business justification throughout the project lifecycle, enabling informed decision-making and alignment with organisational objectives.
  4. Structured Approach: PRINCE2 provides a structured and controlled approach to project management, with clearly defined processes, templates, and checkpoints, ensuring projects are executed in a controlled and efficient manner.
  5. Effective Project Governance: PRINCE2 promotes effective project governance by establishing clear accountability, decision-making processes, and communication channels, ensuring stakeholders are engaged and informed.
  6. Risk Management: PRINCE2 places significant emphasis on risk management, enabling proactive identification, assessment, and mitigation of project risks, ensuring projects stay on track and avoid potential pitfalls.

Principles and Processes

PRINCE2 is built upon seven core principles and a set of interconnected processes. These principles guide project teams in their decision-making and ensure projects remain aligned with best practices. The processes provide a step-by-step roadmap for project management, from initiation to closure.

The seven PRINCE2 principles include:

  • Continued Business Justification
  • Learn from Experience
  • Defined Roles and Responsibilities
  • Manage by Stages
  • Manage by Exception
  • Focus on Products
  • Tailor to Suit the Project Environment

The PRINCE2 processes cover key project management activities, such as initiation, planning, controlling, and closing.

They include:

  • Starting up a Project (SU)
  • Initiating a Project (IP)
  • Directing a Project (DP)
  • Controlling a Stage (CS)
  • Managing Product Delivery (MP)
  • Managing a Stage Boundary (SB)
  • Closing a Project (CP)

Iain White has practical experience in utilising the PRINCE2 methodology, effectively managing projects by applying its structured approach, best practices, and focus on project governance and control.

Recommended Books

  • “Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2” by AXELOS
  • “PRINCE2 Study Guide” by David Hinde
  • “PRINCE2 for Beginners: From Introduction to Passing Your Foundation Exam” by Colin Bentley
  • “PRINCE2 Agile: An Implementation Pocket Guide” by AXELOS
  • “PRINCE2 Agile: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners” by Keith Richards
  • “PRINCE2 in Action: Project management in real terms” by Susan Tuttle
  • “PRINCE2 Pocketbook: 2009 Edition” by AXELOS
  • “PRINCE2 for Practitioner” by Colin Bentley
  • “PRINCE2 Agile: An Implementation Guide” by Bryan Mathis
  • “PRINCE2 Agile: An Implementation Pocket Guide” by Darryl Brunt

External Resources

For further information on PRINCE2 and its application in project management, we recommend exploring the following reputable external resources:

PRINCE2: Effective Project Management Framework for Success

PRINCE2 provides organisations with a robust project management framework that fosters governance, control, and communication. By following the PRINCE2 principles and processes, project teams can effectively plan, execute, and monitor projects, ensuring they stay on track and deliver the desired outcomes. Explore the external resources provided above to dive deeper into PRINCE2 and gain valuable insights into its implementation and certification opportunities.