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PRINCE2 : Fact Sheet

PRINCE2 is recognised as a world-class international product and is the standard method


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and provides a flexible and adaptable approach to suit all projects.

H ER E A R E S O M E E SSE NT I AL FACTS AB OUT THE ME THOD

Projects bring together resources, skills, technology and ideas to achieve business objectives and deliver business
benefits. Good project management helps to ensure that risks are identified and managed appropriately, and objectives
and benefits are achieved within budget, within time and to the required quality.

PRINCE2 is a project management method designed to provide a framework covering the wide variety of disciplines
and activities required within a project. The focus throughout PRINCE2 is on the Business Case, which describes the
rationale and business justification for the project. The Business Case drives all the project management processes,
from initial project set-up through to successful finish.

Many organisations are employing the skills and services of external suppliers, working alongside in-house resources,
to enhance their ability to deliver successful projects. PRINCE2 provides a mechanism to harness these resources and
enable the team to integrate and work together effectively on a project.

OVERV I EW

PRINCE is a generic, tailorable, simple to follow project management method. It covers how to organise, manage and
control your projects. It is aimed at enabling you to successfully deliver the right products, on time and within budget.
As a Project manager you can apply the principles of PRINCE2 and the associated training to any type of project. It will
help you to manage risk, control quality and change effectively, as well as make the most of challenging situations and
opportunities that arise within a project.

A PRINCE2 project has the following characteristics:


a A finite and defined life cycle
a Defined and measurable business products
a A corresponding set of activities to achieve the business products
a A defined amount of resources
a An organisation structure, with defined responsibilities, to manage the project.
PRINCE2: Fact Sheet

PRINCE2 does not cover all aspects of project management. Certain aspects of project management (such as leadership
and people management skills, detailed coverage of project management tools and techniques) are well covered by
other existing and proven methods and are therefore excluded from PRINCE2.

BAC KGR O U N D

PRINCE (which stands for Projects in Controlled Environments) was first developed by the UK government in 1989 as
the standard approach to IT project management for central government. Since then, the method has been enhanced to
become a generic, best practice approach suitable for the management of all types of projects, and has a proven record
outside both IT and government sectors.

PRINCE2 has been widely adopted and adapted by both the public and private sectors and is now the UKs de facto
standard for project management. There is also a rapidly growing international interest. PRINCE2 is designed to
incorporate the requirements and experiences of existing users around the world.

W H AT I S P R I N C E 2 ?

The PRINCE2 method is documented in the publication Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, readily available
from the official publisher, TSO. This core book is supported by a number of complementary publications which add
guidance on how to tailor the method, how to manage your people in a PRINCE project, and outlining the benefits to
your business of adopting a PRINCE2 approach.

PRINCE2 is a process approach to project management, fitting each process into a framework of essential components
which need to be applied throughout the project. PRINCE2 helps you work out what roles should be involved in your
projects, what they will be responsible for and when they are likely to be needed.

The set of processes and controls provided give you the structure that will support the life of the project, and explains
what information you should be gathering along the way.

The PRINCE2 method demonstrates how your project can be divided into manageable chunks or stages, allowing you to
plan ahead more realistically, and to call on your resources at the time they are most needed.

PRINCE2 acts as a common language between all of customers,


users and suppliers, bringing these parties together on the
Using PRINCE provides you with
Project Board. And although PRINCE2 doesnt include contract
greater control of resources, and
management as such, it provides the necessary controls and
the ability to manage business and
boundaries needed for everybody to work together within the
project risk more effectively, which
limits of any relevant contracts. In addition, the Project Board
provides benefits to:
provides support to the project manager in making key decisions.
a Project managers
a Directors/executives (senior
Most important of all, PRINCE2 allows your business to focus on
responsible owners) of projects, and
doing the right projects, at the right time, for the right reasons,
a Organisations
by making the start of a project and its continued existence
dependent on a valid ongoing business case.
PRINCE2: Fact Sheet

H O W D O ES P R I NC E 2 W ORK?

Using PRINCE2 in your projects will give you common systems, procedures and language. This will enable you to make
fewer mistakes, to learn from those that you do make, and ultimately save money and effort.

The PRINCE2 method is non-proprietary and easy to learn, and embodies established and proven best practice across the
wide cross section of organisations who have contributed to its evolution since the 1980s. By adopting PRINCE2 as your
project management method, you are benefiting from lessons learned by these other organisations.

In summary, PRINCE2s formal recognition of responsibilities within a project, together with its focus on what a
project is to deliver (the why, when and for whom) provides your organisations projects with:
a A common, consistent approach
a A controlled and organised start, middle and end
a Regular reviews of progress against plan
a Assurance that the project continues to have a business justification
a Flexible decision points
a Management control of any deviations from the plan
a The involvement of management and stakeholders at the right time and place during the project
a Good communication channels between the project, project management, and the rest of the organisation
a A means of capturing and sharing lessons learned
a A route to increasing the project management skills and competences of the organisations staff at all levels

T RA I N I N G

PRINCE2 is supported by a wide range of services to assist you in learning and implementing the methodology. There
are two qualifications which encourage knowledge and learning in PRINCE2 at Foundation and Practitioner levels, and
these are supported by the ILX Group through computer based training and classroom lead courses.

ABOUT ILX GROUP (ILX)

ILX Group is a global all-in-one provider of Best Practice Learning Solutions. ILX delivers Portfolio
Programme & Project Management, IT Service Management, Risk Management and Business
Financial Literacy learning solutions. The Best Practice courses are delivered through a blend of
classroom, workshops, e-learning and mobile platforms.

ILX is a market leader in PRINCE2 training and has provided Best Practice learning to more than 250,000 people across
5,000 organisations in over 100 countries. ILX works closely with its clients to deliver industry standard qualifications
and helps organisations to deliver continuous workforce improvement. The company and its multi-lingual trainers can
support customers around the world with local offices also in the UK, Middle East, India, Australia and New Zealand.

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