3. PRINCE2 Principles


PRINCE2 Foundation
Principles - Part 1
Principles - Part 2
PREVIEW16m 39s

The course is part of this learning path

Principles - Part 1

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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- In this module we're going to take a look at the PRINCE2 Principles. So we'll have an introduction to the PRINCE2 Principles here and then in the next part, we will examine the principles in turn. So the characteristics of PRINCE2 principles are that they are universal. They apply to every project, regardless of its size, complexity, geographical location, it's universal throughout all projects. We'll have to, if you're going to call it a PRINCE2 project, we'll have to use these principles. They are self-validating. They have been proven in practise over many years, PRINCE2 has been developed and evolved over time and we can tell through looking at successful projects and failing projects what has worked, what has not worked. And these principles work, so they are self-validating. And they are also empowering. Because of the fact that they are self-validating, this gives practitioners confidence and ability, therefore, to influence and shape how the project will be managed in the future, so they can say, right, we've looked at PRINCE2. These principles exist, they're self-validating, they've been proven in practise, so we think you should approach this project in a certain way. So there you go. Those are the characteristics for our PRINCE2 principles and this is why PRINCE2 recommends, actually, no, not recommends. They insist that you use them in your PRINCE2 project. If you're not using these PRINCE2 principles, then you can't call it a PRINCE2 project. So that's the end of part one, thank you for your time.

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