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New White Paper from AXELOS explores the complementary use of PRINCE2 and the PMBOK® Guide

New White Paper from AXELOS explores the complementary use of PRINCE2 and the PMBOK® Guide


AXELOS has published a new discussion paper that explores the complementary use of PRINCE2® – the world’s most widely used project management method - and the PMBOK® Guide to deliver projects that meet the international standard for project management ISO 21500.

Building on AXELOS’ recent introduction of the PRINCE2 Agile™ qualification, this White Paper will help practitioners understand the purpose and strengths of each project management certification and method – and how best to use the different resources available to deliver their specific projects and meet ISO 21500.

The PMBOK Guide is a guide to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) project management body of knowledge (PMBOK). It was originally published by the PMI in 1987. It is updated periodically and is currently on the fifth edition.

AXELOS already recognizes the strengths of the PMBOK Guide and the certification that is based on it – PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification can be used as pre-requisite to a PRINCE2 Practitioner course. This new paper provides an exploration of the elements shared between the two methods, the differences – and where the complementary use of both can help drive forward best practice project management.

Mike Acaster, PPM Portfolio Manager at AXELOS, said: “AXELOS is committed to meeting the needs of our practitioner community – and it’s clear that many are looking for guidance on the interaction between PRINCE2 and other popular project management resources and approaches. AXELOS recognizes the strength of the PMBOK Guide and the PMP certification and this whitepaper will help practitioners to understand how the two approaches can build on one another.”

The paper has been authored by Klas Skogmar of Arkatay Consulting, who is a PMI R.E.P. trainer, PRINCE2 certified trainer and a member of the Swedish ISO standardization committee for project, programme and portfolio management.

Klas said: “Practitioners often feel that the different project management approaches, resources and certifications are at odds with each other. The reality is that they serve distinct functions – PRINCE2 practitioners need to refer to a body of knowledge, and the PMBOK Guide requires a project team to adopt a method. Used together, they provide a complete package covering both knowledge and method.”

Read the full White Paper, PRINCE2®, the PMBOK® Guide and ISO 21500:2012, and browse others in our Case Studies and White Papers section.

PRINCE2®, the PMBOK® Guide and ISO 21500:2012 Industry
This White Paper outlines the similarities and differences between PRINCE2, the PMBOK Guide and ISO 21500:2012 as methods to help project managers benefit from the complementary approaches of each. Read