2.1 Introduction

What is PRINCE2? a structured project management methodology

1989: PRINCE appeared in the UK

  • PRINCE2 first release
  • it has become popular
  • a de facto standard in UK government

2009: the method has been revised: "PRINCE2:2009 Refresh"



  • seven principles, seven themes and seven processes:
    • themes are based on principles
    • processes are based on themes  


Figure 2.1: PRINCE2 overview


In this lesson, short examples will be given for some of the principles, themes and processes based on the “acquiring a BsC degree” example presented during the previous lesson.