PRINCE2 Agile 2016
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5 An overview of PRINCE2

5.1 The structure of PRINCE2

5.2 The principles

5.3 The themes

5.4 The processes

5.5 The project environment

Much of the material in this chapter is drawn from Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 and Directing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, although in many cases the wording and order of presentation have been adapted to suit this guide.

Definition: Project

A temporary organization that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more business products according to an agreed business case.

PRINCE2 should only be used for managing projects. The ‘temporary organization’ needs to be big enough or complex enough to justify producing a business case and setting up project management controls. If the work can be managed simply as a ‘line management’ task, using PRINCE2 could create an inappropriate management overhead.

Definition: Programme

A temporary flexible organization structure created to coordinate, direct and oversee the implementation of a set of related projects and activities in order to deliver outcomes and benefits relating to an organization’s strategic objectives. A programme is likely to have a life that spans several years.

Definition: Project management

The planning, delegating, monitoring and control of all aspects of the project and the motivation of those involved, to achieve the project objectives within the expected performance targets for time, cost, quality, scope, benefits and risks (see Figure 5.1).

Figure 5.1 Project management

Figure 5.1 Project management

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