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)