PRINCE2 Introduction

PRINCE2 Introduction

PRINCE2 is a non-proprietary method and has emerged worldwide as one of the most broadly accepted methods for managing projects. This is mainly due to the fact that PRINCE2 is generic: it can be applied to any project regardless of project scale, type, organisation, the country or culture.

PRINCE2 realizes this by isolating the management aspects of project work from the specialist contributions, such as design and construction. The specialist aspects of any type of project are simply integrated with the PRINCE2 method and, used alongside PRINCE2, provide a secure overall framework for the project work.

Prince2 has been derived from professional project managers’ experiences and refined over years of use in a wide variety of contexts. Because PRINCE2 is generic and based on proved principles, organisations adopting the method as a standard can significantly improve their organisational capability and maturity across multiple areas of business activity: business change, construction, IT, mergers and acquisitions, research, product development and so on.

What does a Project Manager do?
In order to reach control over anything, there must be a plan. It is the project manager who plans the sequence of activities to build an IT environment and works out what networks and hardware will be required.

It may be possible to build the IT environment yourself, but being a manager implies that you will delegate some or all of the work to others. The ability to delegate is important in any form of management but particularly so in project management.

With the delegated work under way, the aim is that it should go in accordance with the plan. However, we cannot rely on this always being the case. It is up to the project manager to monitor how well the work in progress matches the plan.

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The Prince2 Framework
The Prince2 method addresses project management with four integrated elements: principles, themes, processes and the project environment.

  1. The Principles: the PRINCE2 principles are the guiding obligations and good practices which determine whether the project is genuinely being managed using PRINCE2. There are seven principles and unless all of them are applied, it is not a PRINCE2 project
  2. The Themes: the PRINCE2 themes describe aspects of project management that must be addressed continually and in parallel throughout the project. They explain the specific treatment required by PRINCE2 for various project management disciplines.
  3. The Processes: the PRINCE2 processes describe a step-wise progression through the project lifecycle, from the start of a project to the project closure.
  4. Tailoring PRINCE2 to the project environment: the final part addresses the need to tailor PRINCE2 to the specific context of the project.

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