Prince2 Principles


PRINCE2 is designed so that it can be applied to any type of project, taking account of its scale, organization, geography and culture. It is designed to contribute to the success of a project without burdening it with bureaucracy. The themes, processes and product descriptions describe what should be done but, in general, not how.

PRINCE2 is principle-based rather than prescriptive; the principles are:

•universal in that they apply to every project

•self-validating in that they have been proven in practice over many years

•empowering because they give practitioners of the method added confidence and ability to influence and shape how the project will be managed.

The PRINCE2 principles provide a framework of good practice for people involved in a project and were developed from lessons taken from both successful and failed projects.

The seven PRINCE2 principles are:

•continued business justification

•learn from experience

•defined roles and responsibilities

•manage by stages

•manage by exception

•focus on products

•tailor to suit the project.

To meet the requirements of PRINCE2, these principles must be adopted when managing a project. Minimum requirements set out in the themes and processes chapters must also be satisfied. These minimum requirements describe what has to be done, rather than how it is done.
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