Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a methodology that comprises a set of principles and processes for use when managing a programme.

PRINCE2 is a process-based approach for project management, providing an easily tailored and scalable project management methodology for the management of all types of projects. The method is the de-facto standard for project management in the UK and is practised worldwide. Prince2 has a long history dating back to 1975.

  • 1975: PROMPT II Created
  • 1979: PROMPT II introduced as UK Government standard for project management, supported by CCTA
  • 1989: PRINCE name adopted
  • 1996: PRINCE 2 launched
  • 1997: Prince2 Process model added
  • 2002: Prince2 3rd edition published
  • 2004: Prince2 4th edition published
  • 2009: Major revision of Prince2 manual

Prince2 is considered by most a public domain methodology since anyone is allowed to use it freely and anyone can get access to it (for a somewhat reasonable fee to purchase the manual and related documents).

The current (2009) manual is set up as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Principles

Prince2 Principles

  • Themes


  • Processes


  • Tailoring
  • Appendices
    • Product Description outlines
    • Governance
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Product-based planning example
    • Health Check (See also our project management checklists)


  • Project Management General
    This section deals with all general project (management) related content. Click there --> for all articles
    • Defining Project Management
      There are lots of ways of looking at and discussing project management. This section will focus on providing clarification regarding common (and not so common) project management (related) definitions, concepts and terms.
    • Project (management) success
      This section deals with the ever elusive project (management) success.
    • Project (management) organization
      This section deals with all organizational aspects of projects and project management.
    • Project management process
      This section approaches Project Management from a process perspective and takes you from start to finish and everything in between.
  • Portfolio Management General
  • Project Management Standards, Methodologies and Models

    Project Management Standards, Methodologies and Models

    The discipline of project management may, upon first glance seem a well defined profession. Nothing is farther from the truth in the sense that there are multiple standards, methdologies and models all trying to describe some, most or all (really?) aspects of "Project Management"
    Below you will find an overview of these standards, methdologies and models for as far as we at Ambidexter Management have been able to find.
    Some are international or national standards, some are proprietarry models owned by private companies and organizations, others are public domain and some are something else all together.
    For organizational sake we have, loosly arranged them as follows: (Complete List)
    • Standards
       In this section you will find all project management related standards. The selection criterion was simple. If it has "standard" in the name and if it has a reference to projects or project management then it will be included.
      • Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS)

        The GAPPS is a unique alliance of government, private industry, professional associations and training/academic institutes working together to develop globally applicable project management competency based standards, frameworks and mappings. The GAPPS standards and frameworks are intended to facilitate mutual recognition and transferabiltiy of project management qualifications.

        The aim of the GAPPS is to provide the global project management community with information that is freely available for use by businesses, academic institutions, professional associations, and government standards and qualifications bodies globally.
      • ISO Project Management Standards
        ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. International Standards give state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective. Developed through global consensus, they help to break down barriers to international trade.
        ISO provides several standards direlctly or indirectly related to Project Management.
      • National Project Management Standards
        Several national standards organizations have developed and made avaiable project management (related) standards. In this section all those national standards will be listed
      • Project Management Institue (PMI) Standards
        In this section you will find all standards and frameworks owned by the Project Management Institute.
      • International Project Management Association (IPMA) Standards
        In this section you will find all standards and frameworks owned by the International Project Management Association.
    • Methodologies
       In this section you will find methodologies (bodies of practice, procedures and rules specific to a certain discipline) related to project management. We divide them up in proprietary and public domain
    • Models