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PRINCE2® Project Management

PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments), is a project management method that deals with the organisation, management and control of projects.
On this page you will find information on the PRINCE2 method, the relevant publications, PRINCE2 training courses and e-learning, and other associated programme, portfolio and risk management methods.

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Key Features of PRINCE2

  • PRINCE2 has a focus on business justification.
  • PRINCE2 provides a defined structure for a project management team.
  • PRINCE2 is a process-based approach to project management.
  • PRINCE2 segments projects into manageable and controllable stages.
  • PRINCE2 can be applied to any project in any organisation.
  • PRINCE2 provides a scalable project management methodology.
  • PRINCE2 gives greater control over resources.

The predecessor of PRINCE2, PRINCE, was developed for IT projects. With the evolution of the method, PRINCE2 has been broadened in scope and is widely applicable to all manners of type and size of project.

For further information on the PRINCE2 method, sign up and download our free green paper below.

PRINCE2 Publications

As an official distributor of Cabinet Office publications for TSO, and as we work with many global publishers, we are able to offer a world-class selection of PRINCE2 and related products in our online webshop.

The webshop includes all the key PRINCE2 texts, including:

PRINCE2: Processed-Based Project Management

PRINCE2 is a process-based approach to project management. It can be scaled and tailored to suit any particular project, no matter the situation, industry or size or type of organisation.

In PRINCE2, each process is defined with its inputs and outputs, along with the activities that are to be carried out by each process.

These are is all described in detail in the official PRINCE2 manual.

There are seven processes in PRINCE2:

  • Starting up a project: preparing a project brief, assigning roles, defining the approach, and planning the next stage.
  • Initiating a project: planning a project, project controls, business case, project initiation document.
  • Directing a project: authorising a project, project direction and project closure.
  • Controlling a stage: authorising work to be undertaken and its completion, assessing and reviewing progress.
  • Managing stage boundaries: planning the stages of the project, updating the project plan, business case and risk assessment, creation of an exception plan.
  • Managing product delivery: delivering a work package to agreed requirements.
  • Closing a project: Executing a controlled close to the project.

PRINCE2 Accreditation, Training and Distance Learning

The APM Group runs the accreditation scheme for PRINCE2 professional qualifications on behalf of the UK's Cabinet Office. There are currently three levels of PRINCE2 qualification:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • PRINCE2 Professional

In order to become a PRINCE2 Practitioner, you need to pass the Foundation exam followed by the Practitioner exam. All PRINCE2 Practitioners are required to re-register their qualification within a three to five year window by sitting the PRINCE2 Re-Registration exam.

Introduced in January 2012, the PRINCE2 Professional qualification is for those PRINCE2 Practitioners who wish to demonstrate their expertise in the PRINCE2 method. It is not an exam-based qualification; instead you attend a 2½ day residential assessment where your ability to manage a non-complex PRINCE2 project is assessed against 19 performance criteria.

Here is a detailed description of the PRINCE2 qualifications and options for exam preparation, which include:

PRINCE2 Project Management Software

Implementing the PRINCE2 project management methodology is not always as simple as it may seem. Project management software can simplify the process significantly, and we have two of the best software packages in the world available from this site: Bugbox and Project Progress. You can read more about these software packages and access a free demo to BugBox on our PRINCE2 Software page.

The UK Cabinet Office supply a number of PRINCE2 templates that you can download and use in any PRINCE2 project. These templates can be used freely for personal use. If you wish to use them for commercial purposes or other activities, please contact the UK Office of Public Sector Information and obtain an open government licence.

Best Management Practice PPM Suite

As well as the PRINCE2 project management methodology, the UK Cabinet Office has also produced a number of other best practice frameworks that mesh together to offer a complete suite of best practices for the management of portfolios, programmes and projects.

The methodologies in this suite all use a consistent terminology and follow the latest in international best practice. The methodologies in this suite are as follows.

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)

Managing Successful Programmes is a programme management methodology originated by the UK Cabinet Office. The current version of MSP is the 2011 edition, MSP allows a portfolio of projects to be managed in a way that is aligned with the PRINCE2 guidance and that is considered best practice.

Find out more about the MSP methodology and buy the MSP manual.

Management of Risk (M_o_R®)

Management of Risk provides a generic best practice framework for the management of any type of risk. Find out more about M_o_R and explore the whole discipline of risk management. M_o_R has been traditionally employed in PRINCE2 projects.

Management of Value (MoV®)

MoV provides a best practice framework for the realisation of value in portfolios, programmes and projects. MoV offers universally-applicable guidance on how to maximise value in a way that takes account of:

  • an organisation's priorities;
  • differing stakeholder needs;
  • the use of resources as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Find out more about the MoV methodology and buy the MoV manual.

Management of Portfolios (MoP™)

MoP is a framework for the effective management of a portfolio of projects and programmes. It has been designed to be used with the other PPM methodologies in the UK Cabinet Office stable.

Find out more about MoP and buy the MoP manual.

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O)

The P3O® methodology offers a framework that will enable you to bring together in one place a set of principles, processes and techniques for effective portfolio, programme and project management.

Find out more about P3O and buy the P3O manual.

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