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PRINCE2® is a project management methodology, applicable to all types of projects. PRINCE2 provides the steps you need to take in your project, and normal responsibilities of the team members. It’s customizable, so you can tailor and use a simple version of it in small projects, and a complex version in large or sensitive projects.

PRINCE2 separates the management layer from the work layer to create the required products which the project needs to create (specialist work). This means that the same management layer can be used for different types of projects. The Management Layer refers to the organization of the project, such as Level 1 = Project Board, Level 2 = Project Manager and Level 3 = Teams.

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PRINCE2 Introduction

History and Ownership

Main article: History of PRINCE2

PRINCE2 stands for the following: PRojects IN Controlled Environments, version 2

It belongs to AXELOS, a UK-based joint-venture, since 2013. Before that, PRINCE2 and other Best Practice Solutions belonged to OGC in the UK. Other organizations such as APMG, EXIN, and PeopleCert are Examination Institutes, responsible for taking the PRINCE2 exams in behalf of AXELOS.

PRINCE2 is a new version of a standard called PROMPT, which goes back to the mid-1970s.

Official Manuals

There are two official manuals for PRINCE2:

You can find additional information regarding these manuals on the PRINCE2 PDF page.

PRINCE2 Content

The official manual states that the PRINCE2® method consists of 4 main parts, or Integrated Elements. These elements are:


You can find more about the PRINCE2 content on the PRINCE2 methodology page.



PRINCE2 Templates

PRINCE2 provides a set of "Management Products". They are explained in the themes and processes pages in this wiki. The following are simple templates for each Management Product:

If you are interested in additional information on these templates, check out the article on PRINCE2 Templates.

Project documents, or better to say, management products are also part of the previously mentioned elements, as well as roles and responsibilities.

Project management techniques are not part of PRINCE2; e.g. how to level resources.

For an overall understanding of how PRINCE2 works, check the article on Processes.


Projects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2®) is a process-based approach for project management that is recognized as an international standard. There are currently four certifications available for Prince2. For information regarding the methodology, the certifications type, as well as information about training courses and online exams, check out the article on PRINCE2 Certification.

External Resources

Official resources:

Qualification pages at Examination Institutes:

Free resources: