There are a number of guiding requirements and good practices which determine whether PRINCE2 is being used to manage the project. Unless the following seven principles are being applied, the project cannot be deemed to be a PRINCE2 project:

  • Continued business justification – is there a justifiable reason for starting the project that will remain consistent throughout its duration?
  • Learn from experience – PRINCE2 project teams should continually seek and draw on lessons learned from previous work.
  • Defined roles and responsibilities – the PRINCE2 project team should have a clear organizational structure and involve the right people in the right tasks.
  • Manage by stages – PRINCE2 projects should be planned, monitored and controlled on a stage-by-stage basis.
  • Manage by exception – PRINCE2 project have defined tolerances for each project objective to establish limits of delegated authority.
  • Focus on products – PRINCE2 projects focus on the product definition, delivery and quality requirements.
  • Tailor to suit the project environment – PRINCE2 is tailored to suit the project’s environment, size, complexity, importance, capability and risk.