5. Introduction to PRINCE2 themes
Introduction to the PRINCE2 Themes

The course focuses on the components of the method and how they help to structure project delivery. Delegates should note that evening work will be assigned which is not expected to exceed two hours per night.

Specific course content will include:

PRINCE2 Overview

  • The structure of the method and the guide will be introduced before we discuss the context within which a PRINCE2 project operates.
  • Principles
  • The seven PRINCE2 principles provide the framework for managing the project and are built on good practice developed from successful and failed projects.
  • Themes and Processes


The seven PRINCE2 themes are aspects of the project that must be continually addressed and integrated as the project journeys through its life cycle.

  1. Business Case
  2. Organization
  3. Quality
  4. Plans
  5. Risk
  6. Change
  7. Progress


The seven PRINCE2 processes encompass the chronological activities that are required to direct, manage and deliver the project successfully. The activities include pre-project, initiation and delivery, and end with project closure.

  1. Starting up a Project
  2. Directing a Project
  3. Initiating a Project
  4. Controlling a Stage
  5. Managing Product Delivery
  6. Managing a Stage Boundary
  7. Closing a Project


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- Welcome to module five. This is the module where we introduce the PRINCE2 themes. And we are going to be looking at what the themes are and we're going to examine the format of the theme chapters that you'll find in the PRINCE2 manual. If we take a look at the themes we have the business case and the business case is thinking about why. What, is our project viable? Why do we want it? What are the benefits we're hoping to get? Why do we need this project? So the business case theme is thinking about viability and desirability for our project. The organisation theme is thinking about who. Who is going to work with us in the project management team? Who is going to supply the products for us? Who's going to advise us? Who is going to make decisions? All of those who-type questions are addressed in your organisation theme. In the quality theme we are thinking about what. What are we making? What products need to be made and what will be the test that we use to test them? And what is required then in the final product? So it's all of the what question. In the plans theme we are making plans and we're thinking about how, how much it's going to be, when it's going to happen, and we're going to take the what and the who as well in there, in our plans. But mainly then we're bringing the newer questions of the how, how much and when. And in fact, it's worth pausing there because yes, it's how. But how much isn't necessarily what people think of when they think of a plan. In a plan in PRINCE2 we are not just thinking about the nice Gantt charts with all the lines of who's going to do what and when. We have to know how much it's going to cost. So any questions related to cost that you come across in our exams. Though the, the value, the pound sign, or Euro sign or dollar sign followed by a number is always going to be recorded in a plan. We do not have separate documents that hold budgets. They become part of the plan. So I paused on that one a little bit but it's worth noting there. Anything to do with money is recorded in a plan. When we think about risk we're talking about uncertainties. So what if this happens? What if that happens? What if something else happens? And this might cause you to question viability in our project and obviously we need to keep an eye on that. That some of our projects are more risky than others but that's the main question for the risk thing, what if. And then the change theme, we need to think about change. What is the impact if we make a change? What is the impact if we don't make the change? So that is the main question there. And finally, because we have seven there. They love the number seven in PRINCE2. We, our seventh theme is progress. We need to know where we are and we also need to know where we're going. Where are we? Are we on track? Are we not on track? Should we carry on? That is information that the project manager will gather and then we give it up to the board and they will decide. So where are we now, where are we going, should we carry on? Very important questions. So the themes then are helping us examine all the major questions. If you look at this final list there, it's why, who, what, how, how much, when, what if, what's the impact and where are we going. All really important, high level questions that these themes are dealing with. And so, in each chapter they're constructed in a very similar way. We have the importance and core concepts in the opening parts of the chapter. And those are the kind of things that come up in foundation exam questions. It's also very useful to know what the PRINCE2 requirements are. So what do we have to deliver in order to call this a PRINCE2 project? They do insist on some things and others they only recommend. So we'll look at the requirements and there is also guidance on how to use PRINCE2 effectively. So the chapters are very useful and certainly the core concepts and the requirements are things that we should be thinking about for the foundation exam. So that's nearly the end of it. We've got one last thing there. We do have some techniques that they recommend. Not all of the themes have techniques that we will go through but there are some recommended techniques. Certainly for plans and for quality and we'll have some, a recommended change control procedures as well to look at. So where they're relevant we will spend time looking at those as well. So that's the format of how we're going to proceed through the themes. We're going to look at those core concepts, the requirements for PRINCE2. We're going to talk a little bit about how we should use it and those core techniques and we'll just do that from the top there, working through from business case right the way down to progress. And so that's that, that's module five. Thank you for your time.

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