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PRINCE2 Process Diagrams

Written by Andy Trainer – Thu 04 Jul 2013

We decided that PRINCE2® diagrams could do with a freshen up so we've created an easy to read, standardised set of diagrams covering the 7 PRINCE2 processes to help learn PRINCE2.

Starting with the PRINCE2 Process Model and then breaking it down into each of the 7 processes.

If you've ever searched Google for 'PRINCE2 diagrams' you will know that it's not a pretty sight, and a lot of those diagrams are either too plain or impossible to decipher.

Our set of diagrams makes the PRINCE2 processes easier to understand by complimenting your PRINCE2 pre-course work and manual when preparing for your PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam.

PRINCE2 Process Model

PRINCE2 describes the steps of project management in seven processes. Any PRINCE2 project will need to address each of the processes but the extent of the application of a process should be decided on a project by project basis.

The PRINCE2 Process Model below describes the relationship between the seven processes:

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Managing Quality in PRINCE2

Written by Andy Trainer – Thu 19 Jul 2012

The word “theme” is used in PRINCE2® to refer to the various crucial aspects of a project, why they should be a priority, and how they should be controlled. They are known as themes because they are referred back to throughout the whole PRINCE2 process.

The PRINCE2 themes are Business Case, Organisation, Plans, Progress, Risk, Quality and Change. A few weeks ago, I talked about the Plans theme of PRINCE2, and now it’s time to outline the Quality theme. Of course, we go through all the PRINCE2 themes and processes in our PRINCE2 training courses, to equip you to pass the exams and to give you real-world knowledge that you can apply as soon as you return to work.

Quality of the output is a priority within PRINCE2 projects - and of course for all business owners, CEOs and project managers. Once the customer’s expectations of quality have been identified, standards will be documented and processes put in place to check throughout the project lifecycle that these quality standards are going to be met. Part of the quality theme is ensuring that these processes are being used correctly.

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The PRINCE2 Process Model

Written by Andy Trainer – Tue 16 Oct 2007

The PRINCE2® Process Model describes the seven processes in PRINCE2 Project Management - click the image to open a larger version in a new window.

To dig further into the PRINCE2 Process Model and the seven process models, read our article on PRINCE2 Process Diagrams.

Lean more about the PRINCE2 Process Model on our PRINCE2 Courses.

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Starting Up a Project (SU) PROCESS

Written by Andy Trainer – Thu 12 Jul 2007

PRINCE2® PROCESSES – Starting Up a Project (SU)

The purpose of the Starting up a Project process is to ensure that the prerequisites for Initiating a Project are in place by answering the question: do we have a viable and worthwhile project?

This process is triggered by a mandate and is designed to establish the following:

  • There is a business justification for initiating the project (documented in an outline Business Case)
  • All the necessary authorities exist for initiating the project
  • Sufficient information is available to define and confirm the scope of the project (in the form of a Project Brief)
  • The various ways the project can be delivered are evaluated and a project approach selected
  • Individuals are appointed who will undertake the work required in project initiation and/or will take significant project management roles in the project
  • The work required for project initiation is planned (documented in a Stage Plan)
  • Time is not wasted initiating a project based on unsound assumptions regarding the project’s scope, time scales, acceptance criteria and constraints.

Products produced during this process are as follows:

  • Role descriptions
  • Daily Log
  • Lessons Log
  • Outline Business Case
  • Project Product Description
  • Project Approach
  • Project Brief
  • Stage Plan

The PRINCE2 processes are covered in detail on our PRINCE2 Foundation training and PRINCE2 Practitioner training courses in Brighton, Sussex.

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Directing a Project (DP) PROCESS

Written by Andy Trainer – Thu 12 Jul 2007

PRINCE2® PROCESSES – Directing a Project (DP)

The purpose of the Directing a Project process is to enable the Project Board to be accountable for the project’s success by making key decisions and exercising overall control while delegating day-to-day management of the project to the Project Manager.

The objective of the Directing a Project process is to ensure that:

  • There is authority to initiate the project
  • There is authority to deliver the project’s products
  • Management direction and control are provided throughout the project’s life, and that the project remains viable
  • Corporate or programme management has an interface to the project
  • There is authority to close the project
  • Plans for realising the post-project benefits are managed and reviewed.

The Directing a Project process starts on completion of the Starting up a Project process and is triggered by the request to initiate a project.

The PRINCE2 processes are covered in detail on our PRINCE2 Foundation course and PRINCE2 Practitioner training courses.

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