What is PRINCE2®?

PRINCE2 is the world’s most widely-adopted project management method*, used by people and organizations from wide-ranging industries and sectors.

It is a flexible method that guides you through the essentials for managing successful projects, regardless of type or scale. Built upon seven principles, themes and processes, PRINCE2 can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.

*Based on annual global PRINCE2 volumes since 1996.

PRINCE2 is comprised of:

AXELOS has also developed PRINCE2 Agile®, which combines the proven best practice of PRINCE2 with agile concepts, enabling seamless project and product delivery.

The Importance of Projects

In our 2019 PPM benchmark study, 88% of project managers agreed that the business environment has become more competitive. Organizations are striving to find a competitive advantage wherever they can. To do this, they must change to stay ahead of the competition, survive and thrive.

Project and programme management are crucial to that survival.

Projects and programmes are how organizations introduce change and PRINCE2, as the world’s most widely-adopted project management method, helps organizations do just that.

Download our PPM Benchmarking Report 2019 (PDF, 3.6MB).


The PRINCE2 Method

The PRINCE2 method comprises four integrated elements of principles, themes, processes and the project environment.

The structure of PRINCE2

1 PRINCE2 Principles

2 PRINCE2 Themes

3 PRINCE2 Processes


The PRINCE2 Guide

Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 2017 Edition
The 2017 edition of Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 places a greater emphasis on the flexibility of the method and how to tailor it to your specific projects.
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Update to PRINCE2 Best Practice Guidance

To reflect changes in business practices, and following direct community feedback, AXELOS revised the PRINCE2 guidance and exams in 2017. To find out more about the changes or download a sample of the revised guidance, visit our dedicated PRINCE2 2017 Update page.