PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Tutorial

Introduction to PRINCE2

This is chapter 1 of the PRINCE2 tutorial, which is a part of PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner course
PRINCE2 is a practice-driven approach to project management based on experience drawn from thousands of projects. This lesson will introduce you to the different PRINCE2 Methodologies.
PRINCE2 is a non-proprietary project management method (no license fee for using the PRINCE2 standards in the project). It is a generic methodology that can be applied to any project in any industry or domain, irrespective of project scale, type, organization, geography or culture. It is a widely accepted method for managing projects.


After completing this introduction to PRINCE2 Tutorial, you will learn: 

  • The structure of PRINCE2

  • The advantages of PRINCE2

  • To identify the criteria for a project to qualify as a ‘PRINCE2 project

  • 'To list the categories which are out of scope of PRINCE2​

  • To identify the purpose of the PRINCE2 2017 update Manual

Structure of PRINCE2

PRINCE2 is a project management methodology that includes four integrated elements: 

  1. PRINCE2 principles
  2. PRINCE2 themes
  3. PRINCE2 processes
  4. The project environment 

PRINCE2 Principles

They are guiding obligations and best practices that 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. 

PRINCE2 Themes

They describe the aspects of project management that must be addressed continuously and in parallel throughout the project. There are 7 PRINCE2 themes that you can learn in the Prince2 tutorial.

PRINCE2 Processes

They describe a progression through the project lifecycle, from getting started to project closure.
There are 7 processes which you will be learning in the further lessons.

The Project Environment 

Provides organisations with a consistent approach to manage projects and tailor PRINCE2 to create their own project management method.

structure of prince2

The above image shows how the 4 elements are integrated

Advantages of PRINCE2

  • Prince2 is based on established and proven best practices and governance for project management.

  • It can be applied to any type of project irrespective of project scale, type, organization, geography or domain. 

  • It can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the organization and scaled according to the size and complexity of different projects.  

  • It is widely recognised and understood and provides a common vocabulary for all project participants.  

  • It shows that participants focus on the viability of the project in relation to its business case objectives.  

  • It promotes learning from project experience and continual improvement in organisations. 

  • It is supported by a worldwide network of examination institutes, accredited training and consultancy organizations.

What Makes a Project a ‘PRINCE2 Project’?

For a project to be a PRINCE2 project, it must be possible to demonstrate that the project:

  • Is applying PRINCE2’s principles, all 7 principles should be applied. 

  • Meets the minimum requirements set out in the PRINCE2 themes. 

  • Has project processes that satisfy the purpose and objectives of the PRINCE2 processes. 

  • Uses PRINCE2 recommended techniques or alternative equivalent techniques

What PRINCE2 Does Not Provide? 

Three broad topic categories are deliberately considered to be outside the scope of PRINCE2: 

  • Specialist aspects 

  • Leadership capability 

  • Detailed techniques

Specialist Aspects
They are entirely generic and exclude activities specific to industry or project type.

Leadership Capability
Leadership skills are interpersonal skills that cannot be prescribed in a method like PRINCE2.

Detailed techniques
There are many proven planning and control techniques such as critical path method for scheduling project activities, these techniques are not documented in PRINCE2, except for a few recommended specific techniques.

What prince2 does not provide?

The Purpose of PRINCE2 2017 Update Manual 

The manual is intended for anyone who will work on a Prince2 Project

  • For entry-level project management personnel wishing to learn about project management in general and PRINCE2 in particular. 

  • For experienced project managers and personnel who wish to learn about the updated PRINCE2 methods. 

  • As a detailed reference source for PRINCE2 practitioners.

  • As a source of information on PRINCE2 for managers considering whether to adopt the method

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  • PRINCE2 stands for PRojects IN Controlled Environments. 

  • PRINCE2 is a method that can be applied to any project irrespective of industry and domain . 

  • PRINCE2 method is made up of four integrated elements: PRINCE2 Principles, PRINCE2 Themes, PRINCE2 Processes and the Project Environment. 

  • PRINCE2 does not provide specialist aspects, detailed techniques and leadership capabilities. 

  • For a project to be called a PRINCE2 project, it must apply all Principles, meet the minimum requirements of Themes, have project Processes, and use some recommended or alternate techniques


We have learnt about the introduction to PRINCE2 in this chapter. In the next chapter we shall discuss about "Project Management with PRINCE2"



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