18 Apr 2016

PRINCE2 or PMBOK?

Posted by Paul Atkin

Is the wrong question to ask…

PRINCE2 and the PMI’s PMBOK are complementary, not competitors.

PRINCE2 is a project management methodology – it is what a project manager should do. It is made up of processes, principles and themes that step you through the project from conception to close

PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) – is the knowledge of the project management profession. It is what a project manager should know.

So PRINCE2 and PMP are complementary: PRINCE2, for example, is strong on the business case, processes and governance while PMBOK covers area such procurement and HR which PRINCE2 does not.  Complete PMs will benefit from both the knowledge (PMBOK) and practice (PRINCE2) of our profession.

It would be wrong to suggest that one is ‘better’ than the other – that’s asking the wrong question. Think of PRINCE2 and the PMBOK as tools available to the project managers – sometimes one is a better fit than the other, but we keep them all in our bag for the day when we need them.

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