8.1 The PRINCE2 themes
PRINCE2 identifies seven integrated themes that are always present throughout a project.
The PRINCE2 themes are those aspects of project management that:
- Need to be addressed continually. They are not one-off activities. For example, risk management should be central to every decision: it is not a case of updating a register from time to time.
- Require specific treatment for the PRINCE2 processes to be integrated effectively. For example, the processes require a division of responsibilities between those people who direct (the project board), those who manage (the project manager) and those who deliver (the project [delivery] team) as defined in the Organization theme.
The themes provide guidance on how the process activities should be performed (and explain why). For example, numerous processes in PRINCE2 involve creating or approving plans: explanatory guidance can be found in the Plans theme, which is covered in Chapter 12 of this guide.
How PRINCE2 Agile is tailored for the PRINCE2 themes is described in Table 8.1.