Some argue that PRINCE2 is too complex with all the processes, themes and roles, but at its core, PRINCE2 is actually very simple. A project is defined to be a PRINCE2 project only if it follows the seven PRINCE2 principles. The processes and themes are there to help us implement these principles:
- Business justification - project must at any time have continued business justification
- Learn from experience - lessons are sought, recorded and acted upon throughout the life of the project
- Roles and Responsibilities - defined and agreed roles and responsibilities with an organization structure that engages the business, user and supplier stakeholder interests.
- Manage by Stages – the project must be, for each stage, planned, monitored and controlled.
- Manage by exception - the project has defined tolerances for each project objective as also established ground rules on delegated authority.
- Focus on products - the project must address proper definition and delivery of products and in particular its quality.
- Tailor to suit the environment - PRINCE2 is a scalable method.