This chapter covers:

why PRINCE2 is based on principles

the flexibility of a principle-based approach

the seven PRINCE2 principles


3 Principles

PRINCE2 is designed so that it can be applied to any type of project, taking account of its scale, organization, geography and culture. It is designed to contribute to the success of a project without burdening it with bureaucracy. The themes, processes and product descriptions describe what should be done but, in general, not how.

PRINCE2 is principle-based rather than prescriptive; the principles are:

universal in that they apply to every project

self-validating in that they have been proven in practice over many years

empowering because they give practitioners of the method ...

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