In January 2017 our partners and owners of PRINCE2®, AXELOS, announced the development of updated PRINCE2® guidance and Foundation and Practitioner examinations. Together, these form PRINCE2 2017 and represent the first major update to PRINCE2 since 2009. A new manual, new examinations and renewed emphasis on the application of PRINCE to all types of project will ensure that PRINCE2 carries on its reputation as the world's leading project management method.
This important update reinforces PRINCE2's unrivalled reputation for Best Practice in project management. As always, the focus is on helping individuals and organizations across a range of job roles, sectors and geographies, to successfully manage projects.
The success of PRINCE2 lies in its compilation of proven best practices in project management taken from academics, business professionals, and consultants across the years. Since its creation, at least two million PRINCE2 exams have been sat in over 150 countries worldwide. This is a clear testament to the value of PRINCE2 to individuals all over the world.
But we must all recognize that the business world is changing, and even something as tried and tested as PRINCE2 is not completely resistant to change. As ever with PRINCE2, the update has been a collaborative approach amassing feedback from a wide range of PRINCE2 Practitioners; the people best positioned to assess PRINCE2 through their continued application of the method across a range of working environments. This feedback has resulted in a thorough, evolutionary, update of PRINCE2.
The PRINCE2 update will see a new edition of the PRINCE2 manual, plus updated training materials and Foundation and Practitioner examinations. These will be launched in mid-2017. Project Performance Consulting Ltd will, as usual, be there to offer support, training, examinations and consulting services to individuals and organisations who wish to improve their project management capability.
This update does not change any of the fundamentals of the method – PRINCE2's overall structure of seven principles, themes and processes remains unchanged. But the emphasis and treatments within these have shifted.
The main changes to the guidance are a greater emphasis on the following areas:
• tailoring PRINCE2 to the needs of organizations and project environments;
• the principles that underpin PRINCE2;
• a greater link between the themes and principles;
• the restructuring of the 'Themes' guidance to accommodate specific examples of tailoring;
• the practical application of the method and guidance, with numerous examples, hints and tips.
RINCE2 is a wealth of project management knowledge and Best Practice that needs to be conscientiously tailored to suit each individual and their organization. The updated manual, training and examination will help you tailor PRINCE2 effectively to ensure you get the most out of the certification.
The PRINCE2 method has always been based on real life experience. This update will provide practical, authoritative and relevant guidance to anyone managing a project in today's environment, collated from the experience of countless professionals in project management.
Project Performance Consulting will be aligning to the updated PRINCE2 2017 guidance in the coming weeks. However, because Registered Practitioner examinations taken during 2017 using the exiosting guidance will be valid for their full 5 years, as usual, then look out for some great offers on PRINCE2 (2009) elearning early in 2017.
If you are a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner, your existing registration is safe. You won't need to retake any examinations. However, as this is a significant update placing renewed emphasis on tailoring, we would highly recommend familiarizing yourselves with the revised content available on to understand the updates in fine detail. There is also an FAQ sheet available to answer any specific questions you might have.