19 Apr 2015

7 PRINCE2 Processes

Posted by Paul Atkin

PRINCE2 Processes

The PRINCE2 process model is made up of 7 PRINCE2 Processes which take your project from conception to close.  Each process consists of a number of activities which give you a detailed roadmap through the entire project lifecycle.  This well used model complements the PRINCE2 Principles and Themes and  is at the centre of the PRINCE2 methodology.

The clear, step by step Processes are one of the strengths of PRINCE2.  If you follow the 7 PRINCE2 Processes, with a bit of common sense added, your project will get there!

  • Starting Up a Project:  “Do we have a worthwhile and viable project”. A short process before the project begins designed to establish if there is sufficient justification to start work.
  • Initiating a Project:  Produces the Project Initiation Documentation – the project baseline or terms of reference. Defines what is to be produced, when and by whom, before committing to significant time and expense.
  • Directing a Project: A Senior Management (“Project Board”) process: authorizing work, committing resources, giving guidance and managing communication with the environment outside the project boundary.
  • Controlling a Stage: The “daily bread” of the Project Manager – handing out work, making sure it is completed to the agreed quality, dealing with issues as they arise, reporting to senior management.
  • Managing Product Delivery: Where the specialist work of the project gets done – driven by the Project Manager in Controlling a Stage, above.
  • Managing a Stage Boundary: Looking at the big picture – are we still on track?, are the original reasons for the project still valid? Makes sure the project is focused on delivering business benefits – if not, it can be stopped.
  • Closing a Project: Has everything been delivered as agreed? Is the customer satisfied? Handover any loose ends. Write up the end of project reports and record any useful lessons learned.

In the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam, 37% of the questions will be based on the PRINCE2 Processes.

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