The PRINCE2 Basics

PRINCE2 is one of the most famous project management methods in the world and is taken by thousands of individuals every day in their plight to become a great project manager.

However, it is the PRINCE2 process model which sets it aside from the other project management methodologies which are in competition. The PRINCE2 project management process is divided into stages;

  • Pre-project stage
  • Initiation stage
  • Continuation stage
  • Closing stage

Within each stage, the model distinguishes between the seven main processes.  These are identified as;

  • Directing
  • Managing
  • Delivering

These processes are used to begin a project  - a project which has at least two different management stages. The first management stage involves the initiation stage and the second one involves managing stage boundaries.

During the PRINCE2 training course, delegates will learn the seven main processes which must be undertaken. It is important that these stages are remembered as they are vital to the PRINCE2 methodology;

  • Starting up a project
  • Initiating a project
  • Directing a project
  • Controlling a stage
  • Managing stage boundaries
  • Closing a project

With these principles in mind there are also the themes which compliment them. The project manager of this PRINCE2 project will use the below themes whilst executing the processes and organising the overall project;

  • The business case
  • Planning
  • The organisation
  • Progress assessment
  • Risk management
  • Quality control
  • Change Management

These along with further PRINCE2 principles are universal and thus can be used on any project no matter the size or shape of it. They also enable the project manager to achieve his/her results;

  • Business case
  • Continuous learning
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Managed by stages
  • Management by exception
  • Product based focus
  • Tailor

PRINCE2 is known around the world due to its ability to learn from experience. PRINCE2 is successful because it is made up of lessons learnt over time by project managers themselves. It is not simply a textbook explaining thought processes and principles. It is a methodology based on experience.

If you'd like one of our professional trainers with 10 years of hands on experience to explain more about these processes, themes and principles then don't hesitate to get in touch and book your place on a course today.


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