The Basics of PRINCE2®

Posted on March 26, 2010 by


PRINCE2 stands for Projects IN Controlled Environments. This project management methodology emerged from the United Kingdom. The earlier version, PRINCE, began in 1989 and PRINCE2 was published in 1996. There were some revisions in 2009. Originally the methodology focused on IT projects, but it is now more widely applied. Seven principles form the foundation for this methodology:

  1. business justification,
  2. learning lessons,
  3. roles and responsibilities,
  4. managing by stages,
  5. managing by exception,
  6. product focused, and
  7. tailored.

Providing a common language for the field is a benefit of PRINCE2. There are two certification levels that one may earn—PRINCE2 Foundation is the lesser certification and PRINCE2 Practitioner is the advanced certification that is more suitable for Project Managers. More can be learned at