Friday, 16 May 2014

PRINCE2: 2009 - Five Years On

PRINCE2® is the de facto standard for project management developed by the UK government, used in the UK and across the world. Developed by project management specialists and a review panel of public and private sector organisations (whilst taking into account user based improvements), it has grown into a tailorable best practice tool that is suitable for use on any project.

As the PRINCE2: 2009 update approaches its 5th Anniversary, AXELOS want your feedback on making it better.

Photo courtesy giulia.forsythe @Flickr, and reused with permission.
The last edition was published in 2009 which represented an evolution of the previous manuals. The basic method remained the same, but by building on feedback from users, the 2009 edition aimed to be more accessible and easier to tailor. For project sponsors or directors, this represented a revolution in that the guidance was divided into two;

- Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 for project managers and;
- Directing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 to give project board members a role-specific guide targeted for their needs.

Now after five years the guidance is due for a revision.

AXELOS, the new joint venture between the UK Government’s Cabinet Office and Capita plc, are currently hosting a survey on PRINCE2®, from which they will analyse the results and validate with the user community. They will then seek to involve Accredited Training Organizations (like us) and User Communities in the process to formulate plans around the need and nature of any revisions to the guidance.

If you have not as yet completed the survey, you may do so at The survey should take about 40 minutes to complete, depending on how many comments that are left.

Mike Austin is the Lead Trainer for p3m global. His track record is that of a highly motivated Project Management Trainer who has an outstanding understanding of the PRINCE2® methodology and M_o_R® management of risk methodology and the ability to successfully communicate it to others. Get in touch with Mike via email today.

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