What is PRINCE2®?

PRINCE2 is a project management method widely adopted around the world*, 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.

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 6th 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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*PRINCE2® certifications are held and used in 220 countries/dependant territories/special areas of geographical interest using ISO3166 standard (as at 29 November 2019). [Source: AXELOS fact file data and AXELOS’ public register of candidates].