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June 23, 2015

Today, Axelos is launching PRINCE2 Agile® , the latest addition to the Axelos Global Best Practice portfolio of products, which already includes the market leading qualifications of PRINCE2®, ITIL® and the recently launched cyber resilience portfolio, RESILIA.

PRINCE2 Agile combines the flexibility and responsiveness of agile delivery with the established and proven best practice framework of the world’s most recognized project management method. The new guidance explicitly shows how this compatibility can be exploited by organizations harnessing both PRINCE2 and agile, equipping them with the required skills and processes to successfully deliver projects to meet customer requirements in today’s fast paced and rapidly changing business environments.

PRINCE2 Agile is an extension to PRINCE2, developed collaboratively with over forty PRINCE2 and agile experts. As with PRINCE2 and ITIL, the new guidance will be supported by training, an examination and a globally recognized qualification.

The launch comes following extensive consultation with the project management practitioner and trainer community at a time when agile delivery is rapidly growing in popularity. PRINCE2 already has the capability to tailor in agile ways of working, but Axelos research1 indicated that there is a demand from practitioners to better understand the most effective ways to apply agile to PRINCE2. There has been a 10% increase in practitioner exposure to agile methodology within the UK in the last 12 months2 and Axelos research indicates that this increase is trending globally1.

Axelos CEO, Peter Hepworth, said: “We already know that a quarter of UK based PRINCE2 Practitioners are applying agile concepts to their project delivery1, and we’re confident that following the launch of PRINCE2 Agile that number will increase significantly around the globe. Organizations that adopt agile processes benefit from being able to deliver products ‘early and often’ so can start generating returns on their investment much earlier than competitors who are yet to take advantage of the flexibility and responsiveness of agile.

However, one of the biggest barriers for organizations implementing agile ways of working has been the lack of wider governance and control that can put projects and budgets at risk - this is why there has been so much demand for us to develop PRINCE2 Agile as it overcomes these issues. PRINCE2 Agile offers a structured and controlled approach to agile delivery; ultimately, PRINCE2 makes agile more effective.”

PRINCE2 Agile will guide practitioners on how to apply agile methods to PRINCE2 in the most effective way to produce a perfect blend of best practices. The new guidance covers the most comprehensive range of agile frameworks of any project management qualification, including Scrum, Kanban and the more recent approaches including Lean Start-up and Cynefin.

Keith Richards, lead author and Chief Examiner said: “Many practitioners have a tendency to view PRINCE2 and agile as two opposing philosophies - what we’ve achieved with this new addition to the portfolio is a perfect way to blend the two for optimum results. For many companies, exploring agile working for the first time, the support of a qualified PRINCE2 Agile practitioner will give them confidence that the use of both techniques will deliver the best results, on time and in budget.”

The new official PRINCE2 Agile publication is now available via theTSO Shop and training courses and exams, which can be taken either in a classroom or online, can be booked now with an Accredited Training Organization via the Axelos Training Partner Finder.

For more information on PRINCE2 Agile please go to:

1 - Axelos surveyed 424 current PRINCE2 Practitioners, 2014
2 - ARRAS People Project management Benchmark Report 2015