PRINCE2 Foundation Certification Notes: Fundamentals


PRINCE2 Foundation Certification Notes: Fundamentals

Important: The new PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner exams (PRINCE2® 2017) are available from 10 July 2017 (details of the changes here). Don’t worry, the changes are quite minor indeed as all the 7 principles, themes and processes remain the same. From now on until the end of 2017, candidates can take either the existing or updated English versions of the PRINCE2® exam. All PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner exams will be based on PRINCE2® 2017 from 1 January 2018. You can still seize the time to get certified based on the current version! Once you get PRINCE2® certified, your certification is still valid under PRINCE2® 2017 and onwards!

Introduction: PRINCE2® stands for PRoject IN Controlled Environment version 2 (and has nothing to do with the little prince above) which is owned by AXELOS. PRINCE2® provides a methodology for efficient project management practices by addressing the various aspects of project management such as: quality management, control and organization of a project so as to achieve goals and values of the performing organization.

There are 4 integrated elements for the PRINCE2® methodology, namely: Seven principles, Seven themes, Seven processes and Tailoring PRINCE2® to the project environment. And this is what the PRINCE2® Foundation Certification Exam would be about. The PRINCE2® Foundation Certification Exam would be mainly about the understanding and memorization of these key principles, themes and processes while the PRINCE2® Practitioner Exam would be largely about the application of these.

Integrated Elements for the PRINCE2® Methodology

  • Seven PRINCE2® Principles
    1. Continued business justification
    2. Learn from experience
    3. Defined roles and responsibilities
    4. Manage by stages
    5. Manage by exception
    6. Focus on products
    7. Tailor to suit the project environment
  • Seven PRINCE2® Themes
    1. Business Case theme
    2. Organisation theme
    3. Quality theme
    4. Plans theme
    5. Risk theme
    6. Change theme
    7. Progress theme
  • Seven PRINCE2® Processes
    1. Starting Up a Project (SU)
    2. Directing a Project (DP)
    3. Initiating a Project (IP)
    4. Controlling a Stage CS)
    5. Managing Product Delivery (MP)
    6. Managing a Stage Boundary (SB)
    7. Closing a Project (CP)
  • Tailoring PRINCE2® to the project environment — PRINCE2® methodology understands that each project is special and customisation of PRINCE2® is needed be application.

Definitions: PRINCE2® Principles, Themes and Processes

PRINCE2® Principles: the seven guiding principles for efficient project management practice that serve the purpose of the PRINCE2® framework. For PRINCE2® projects, all these 7 principles must be applied.

PRINCE2® Themes: the seven key areas/aspects defined by PRINCE2® that need to be addressed continuously in parallel during the project till closure. All of these themes are necessary for good project management.

PRINCE2® Processes: these are the key steps for the project lifecycle (from the very beginning to project closure) for PRINCE2® projects. The PRINCE2® methodology includes a list of purposes, objectives, recommended activities and roles and responsibility for each process.

In the articles to follow, these PRINCE2® Principles, Themes and Processes will be discussed in details.

 

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Edward Chung

Edward Chung aspires to become a full-stack web developer and project manager. In the quest to become a more competent professional, Edward studied for and passed the PMP Certification, ITIL v3 Foundation Certification, PMI-ACP Certification and Zend PHP Certification. Edward shares his certification experience and resources here in the hope of helping others who are pursuing these certification exams to achieve exam success.

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2 Responses

  1. Naseerudeen says:

    Hi Mr. Ed,

    Thanks for all your notes to prepare Prince2 Foundation exam.

    Can you please email me your notes in PDF/Doc version, If you have them.
    [email protected]

April 9, 2014