Introduction to PRINCE2 Themes Tutorial

3.1 Introduction to PRINCE2® Themes

Hello and welcome to PRINCE2 Foundation Certification Course offered by Simplilearn. This lesson is about PRINCE2 Themes. Let us discuss the objectives of this lesson in the next screen.

3.2 Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to: Explain the PRINCE2® themes Explain the considerations while applying themes in projects Let’s discuss the themes in the next screen.

3.3 PRINCE2® Themes—Introduction

The themes in PRINCE2 describe facets of project management that must be addressed continually. Each theme has a purpose and the purpose is achieved by following the principles. Any project manager who gives thorough attention to these themes will fulfill the role professionally. The themes are based on the PRINCE2 principles. Let us understand each of these seven themes in the next screen.

3.4 Seven PRINCE2® Themes

The table on the screen lists the seven themes, what they seek to address and what they describe. The Business Case theme gives the business justification for undertaking the project, i.e. (pronounced as “that is”) WHY the project is taken. The Organisation theme describes the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the project, i.e. WHO is taking up the project. The Quality theme describes the quality attributes of the product to be delivered, i.e. they describe WHAT will be delivered. It checks whether the product of the project is fit-for-purpose. The Plans theme describes how to create/modify the products of the project, how much time and money is required for the project and when to perform the activities. The Plans also describes the steps required to develop plans and apply PRINCE2 techniques. It provides the control and communication mechanisms. The Risk theme answers the question “What if?” i.e. (pronounced as “that is”) it describes the plans for managing uncertainties. The Change theme describes how project management assesses and acts on issues, which have a potential impact on any of the approved and agreed aspects of the project. In other words, it describes the steps for assessing impact of change and managing the change. Issue can be any unplanned event that has already occurred and needs to be dealt with Progress theme addresses the on-going viability of the plans. This theme explains the decision-making process for approving plans, the monitoring of actual with planned performance and escalation process if events do not go according to the plan. Let’s learn about applying these themes in a project in the next screen.

3.5 Considerations for Applying PRINCE2® Themes

All seven themes must be applied in a project, however they should be tailored according to the scale, uncertainty and complexity of the project concerned. Themes can be tailored up or down. This means for a complex project, one can go for detailed documentation and tighter process control. For a simple low risk project, even a concise bullet point presentation on how themes should be implemented in a project and informal processes would be adequate. Let us move on to the quiz questions to check your understanding of the concepts covered in this lesson.

3.7 Summary

Here is a quick recap of what we have learnt in this lesson: The themes in PRINCE2® describe facets of project management that must be addressed continually. The seven themes in PRINCE2® are Business Case, Organisation, Quality, Plans, Risk, Change and Progress. All seven themes must be applied in a project.

3.8 Thank You

In the next lesson, we will discuss the first theme, business case.

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