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What Are the Best Practices of PRINCE2 Foundation?

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PRINCE2 is the world’s most popular methodology for project management, and that popularity is well-deserved. The framework’s ‘best practices’ stem from a range of flexible yet virtually universal factors that every project manager should know and be able to keep in mind. Combined with the adaptability of the framework itself, this allows PRINCE2 practitioners to successfully utilize their expertise for virtually any project.

One of the most important things for candidates to learn is that the best practices of the PRINCE2 methodology are not simply a set way of doing things. Rather, they are formed by PRINCE2’s Principles, Processes, and Themes.

By studying each of these elements, PRINCE2 students gain the knowledge and perspective to not only understand what constitutes a ‘PRINCE2 project’ but also how to adapt the framework in real-world projects. They will also soon see the value of PRINCE2-level awareness when it comes to exercising and improving other project management practices.

So what are the pieces that make up PRINCE2 best practices? Let’s look at the building blocks of PRINCE2!

What are PRINCE2 Principles?

The Principles of PRINCE2 form the core rules of how to manage and optimize projects. Indeed, if one of the Principles is missing from a project, it cannot be called a ‘PRINCE2 project’. These core principles influence all PRINCE2 best practices.

They include:

What are the PRINCE2 Processes?

Over the course of a PRINCE2 project, several ‘Processes’ will take place. This includes during the pre-project preparation stage and even after a project’s completion. This helps make the process-based framework more scalable and flexible, though the processes themselves also have defined inputs, outputs, objectives, and activities. Each will be overseen by the PRINCE2 project manager and reviewed by the project board.

They include:

What are the PRINCE2 Themes?

PRINCE2’s Themes constitute the different aspects of project management that need to be addressed continually and simultaneously. They are instrumental in keeping projects on track (and managers grounded!) Themes also form activities that begin at the start of a project, are monitored throughout, and can be tailored to suit both the project and its environment. 

Themes can be given greater prominence as necessary. For example, Risk may be more of a factor for some projects than others, or there may be more stringent requirements for quality, organizational change, and so on.

They include:

Applying PRINCE2 Foundation best practices

For successful PRINCE2 practitioners, it is not enough to simply know best practices. The best users also have a great deal of experience seeing them applied in real projects. Studying the Foundation syllabus is one thing, but being able to utilize PRINCE2 is all about fluency – and fluency takes practice.

The next step for learning the best practices of the project management methodology is to study the PRINCE2 Practitioner syllabus. This goes into a greater level of detail on the Principles, Processes, and Themes and explains how they are applied in real projects. Further certification training can also make it easier to unlock more responsibilities in PRINCE2 project teams.

Candidates should also be aware that there are numerous free resources and discussions online regarding PRINCE2. Many of these go into greater detail on best practices for specific elements of the framework, such as:

Candidates are also advised to start looking for areas to start applying PRINCE2 in their current roles. As you become more comfortable with the framework, you may be able to take on additional responsibilities. You could even oversee the implementation of PRINCE2 within your company or apply it to your own projects as an individual practitioner.

Want to find out more about PRINCE2 and how it works? Check out our article, ‘What is PRINCE2?’, or try a free trial of our fully accredited PRINCE2 Foundation course today!

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