January 15, 2023

What Is PRINCE2 Project Management?

There’s no doubt that you’ve seen it on job adverts, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of PRINEC2, but what exactly is it? In today’s blog post we answer this fire burning question for you. Settle in as we reveal all….

PRINCE2, or PRojects In Controlled Environments, is a popular project management methodology and today it is used in over 150 countries. It’s a process-based approach that focuses on organisation and control throughout the entire project. No matter the project it will always start with a thorough project plan, each stage of the project is structured, and any loose ends are tied up after the project is complete.

But what is PRINCE2 project management in practice? Below we explore the underlying principles and seven-step process of this highly used and in-demand approach.

The seven principles of PRINCE2 project management

The PRINCE2 method is built on seven key principles:

  1. Projects must have business justification, including a clear need, defined customer, realistic benefits, and detailed cost assessment.
  2. Continuous learning is essential. Lessons are sought and recorded at every step in the process and used to improve future work.
  3. Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, and everyone knows who is responsible for what.
  4. Work is planned in stages. Large scale projects are broken up into phases, with time in between to reflect on the lessons learned and ensure the project is still on track to meet its goals which are established at the start.
  5. Project boards establish baseline requirements for essentials within the project, such as: deadlines, cost, risk, and scope and delegate day-to-day management responsibilities to a project manager.
  6. Teams use a quality register to check deliverables against requirements.
  7. The PRINCE2 method should be adjusted to suit the specifics of each project. The amount of oversight and planning can be tailored to fit the scope, the number of people involved, etc.

The 7 phases of PRINCE2 project management

The PRINCE2 process follows the seven phases outlined below:

  1. Start-up: A new project request is submitted in the form of a project mandate, which defines the proposed project’s business justification. If approved, a more detailed project brief covering resources, deliverables, etc. will be created.
  2. Directing: The project board reviews project briefs for approval and determines what is required to execute the project.
  3. Initiation: The Project Manager is appointed and creates a comprehensive project plan, which will include estimates for time, cost, quality, scope, risk, and benefits. Work begins once the project board approves the plan.
  4. Controlling: The Project Manager breaks the project down into smaller “work packages” and assigns them to the project team to complete.
  5. Managing product delivery: The project manager ensures the project progresses as planned and that deliverables meet expectations as outlined. The project board evaluates completed work packages to either approve or request additional work.
  6. Managing stage boundaries: At the end of each stage, the project board holds a review to decide whether to continue to the next phase or abandon the project. Project Managers conduct a retrospective/ follow up with their team to record the lessons learned and improve processes for the following work stage.
  7. Closing: As the project is completed, the project manager completes any necessary documentation, outcomes, and reporting.

We hope this blog post has given you a deep understanding of PRINCE2 and how this methodology is applied to a project.

If you would like further information then get in touch with our team of experienced Course and Career Advisors and let us help guide you towards an exciting new career.

You may also like


4 Jobs You Can Get With A CompTIA A+ Qualification

The CompTIA A+ qualification is the perfect starting point for anyone who is looking to start their I.T. career. Before we go into just a selected few roles which you can apply for it’s essential to quickly recap exactly what you’ll learn with the qualification and...

Oct 23, 2023

What is the CompTIA A+ Qualification?

The technology industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Every year, new technologies are developed and released, and the demand for qualified IT professionals grows along with it. If you're considering a career in IT, now is the time to make...

Oct 14, 2023

What is an Ethical Hacker?

In today’s blog we want to look at ethical hacking, there’s no doubt you’ve seen the role and have been attracted to the salary but what exactly is an ethical hacker? In an era where technology is involved in every aspect of our lives, ensuring the security and...

Jun 20, 2023

What are phishing emails?

“75% of all cybercrimes start from an email” This is a truly shocking statistic. In today's digital age, email has become an integral part of our lives. We use it for personal and professional communication, online shopping, and even financial transactions. While...

Apr 25, 2023

Red Team VS. Blue Team

Cyber security is a vital aspect of modern-day business operations. With the increase in cyber threats, companies need to have robust security measures to protect themselves from these threats. Two terms that are commonly used in cyber security are red team and...

Apr 17, 2023

How To Protect Yourself From Cyber Attacks

In today's digital age, the internet has become an integral part of our lives. While it has made our lives easier, it has also made us vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyber attacks can take various forms, such as phishing scams, ransomware attacks, identity theft, and...

Apr 4, 2023

Defining a cyber attack and how to stop them

A cyber attack is a deliberate attempt by an individual or a group to exploit a vulnerability or weakness in a computer system or network in order to gain unauthorised access, steal information, disrupt normal operations, or cause damage to the system or network....

Mar 28, 2023

Can You Get Into I.T. Without A Degree?

Today, in this blog, we want to abolish a major myth. It’s a question that comes up over and over again. It stops people who have the potential to pursue an IT career from actually doing so. And it’s this statement: “Don’t I need a degree to work in IT?” If an IT...

Mar 20, 2023

The Next Steps Up The Job Ladder & The Certifications Required

In our most recent blog post we identified how the CompTIA A+ and other entry-level certifications prepare you for an entry-level IT position. However, the value of obtaining a certification doesn’t just stop with entry-level roles. There are a plethora of further...

Mar 10, 2023