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PRINCE2 2017 Update, the same but better!

Tprince2-2017oday AXELOS announced the upcoming arrival of the new PRINCE2 2017 Update. It was in 2009 when the previous version was presented and this could mean that product is not being used or is already rather mature. I think the latter is the case and that’s what we can conclude too if we look at this new version. It’s a thorough but evolutionary update; same seven principles, themes and processes remain.

As one of the reviewers for the AXELOS PPM product family I took part in several review rounds for this new PRINCE2 Update, so I have already read the draft manual.

There is now, in the new manual, a much stronger emphasis on tailoring. In the previous version, it was a separate chapter, and not examined, and now it’s a thread running throughout the method as well as the exam.  You will also get a much stronger emphasis on the principles, and the practical application of PRINCE2 is much better explained. This will help to get rid of the misconception that PRINCE2 is a waterfall approach to project management.

Some changes in more detail:

  • Better link between themes and principles
  • Tailoring guidelines on the level of individual themes and processes are added
  • New chapter on adopting PRINCE2 in an organization
  • Tailoring guidelines for the management products are added
  • Tailoring guidelines regarding roles are added
  • Throughout the manual many hints and tips
  • Any bias against agile is removed, on several places you will find references to agile approaches
  • Instead of ‘corporate or programme management’ we now have ‘corporate, programme management or customer’
  • PRINCE2 terminology better aligned with ISO21500 and BS6079 and differences are explained
  • Progress theme is not talking about ‘technical stages’ anymore. New terms: ‘development approach’ e.g. agile, waterfall and ‘development step’ e.g. iteration in agile
  • The ‘strategies’ e.g. risk management strategy, are now called ‘approaches’
  • The ‘benefits review plan’ is replaced by the ‘benefits management approach’
  • ‘Daily log’ and ‘lessons report’ are no longer included in appendix A. The ‘lessons log’ should be treated as a view of the ‘lessons log’.

Benefits of this PRINCE2 2017 Update are:

  • Builds on your existing investment in PRINCE2;
  • You will get the best out of PRINCE2
  • It equips practitioners with practical skills and tools
  • New exams test candidates in a fairer and more valuable way
  • Practical, accessible, authoritative, relevant guidance for anyone managing a project
  • Doesn’t impact PRINCE2 Agile.

Some final facts:

  • Official book launch May 2017 (English, other languages, e.g. Dutch, Polish, German, … as of 2018 and beyond)
  • Exams as of mid 2017, as of 2018 only PRINCE2 2017 Update exams
  • PRINCE2 2017 Update Foundation exam: tailoring added, now 60 questions
  • PRINCE2 2017 Update Practitioner exam: focus on practical skills, all parts are now included, 75 questions
  • No PRINCE2 2017 Update re-certification exam anymore
  • Current PRINCE2 version 2009 Practitioner certificate expiry dates remain valid
  • See also: axelos.com/prince2-2017

BPUG session 6/1/2015: PRINCE2 Agile: Agilometer workshop results

Wednesday Jan 6th, I gave a presentation regarding PRINCE2 Agile for the BPUG. You can find the presentation on the BPUG site. I would say a lively session with lots of positive and enthusiastic reactions.

I started with a short visual movie created by Kirsten Casper from Hedeman Consulting.

2016-01-06 23.43.39In the second part of this session we focussed on the Agilometer. In the attached figure you see the three management levels and the Agilometer. The Agilometer will help to understand how far the agile thinking can rise up or how far the PRINCE2 thinking can cascade down. When a suitability slider, e.g. “Flexibility on what is delivered” is moved to the right (becomes completely yellow) we have a project where agile thinking is maximized. At the opposite side (slider to the left (completely blue) the PRINCE2 thinking is completely cascaded down.


The official manual only describes the full agile situation. In this situation the sliders are all moved to the right.

2016-01-08 19.04.34-2In 12 groups we discussed the definition and example behaviour of the missing situations. Due to time constraints we focussed on the left side, the traditional approach and the middle where parts from the traditional PRINCE2 as well as the agile world are equally combined.

‪I added all your comments in the 6 slides and with great help from Richard Metcalf (one of the attendees) these were translated in understandable sentences.

Dia2‪To download all six slides (sliders): PRINCE2 Agile (BPUG 160106 agilometer results) v1.3

Feel free to comment on the results till so far.

‪As a next step I will generate a final version using your feedback and other material such as the questionnaires from KWD Resultaatmanagement (Agile Geschikt/Ongeschikt) and the Project Approach Questionnaire from AgilePM.

From PMP or CAPM certification to PRINCE2 Practitioner

prince2-for-pmp-capm-holderscomparing-prince2-with-pmpFor those who have a PMP or CAPM certification there is a fast track to become PRINCE2 Practitioner. You can directly go for the PRINCE2 practitioner certification without PRINCE2 Foundation certification.

Simon Buehring from KnowledgeTrain wrote two nice articles to support this track:

PRINCE2 awareness email course

paem2-150x150I received a request from Nader Rad (Management Plaza) to have a look at his micro-courses regarding PRINCE2, and PRINCE2 Agile.

It’s a great concept if you want to get a flavour of these best practices.

PRINCE2 Awareness email course:

After subscribing you get during 6 weeks, every day an email. In this personalized email a single topic will be discussed. Every mail ends with a sort of ‘cliff-hanger’ or question regarding the next mail to come. In every email you will find a progress indicator too. It will cost you a few minutes to read so if you are not familiar with PRINCE2 you don’t have an excuse anymore. Subscribe, spend a few minutes per day and after 6 weeks you have a basis understanding of PRINCE2.

As I stated, it’s just to get a flavour, it’s not a full eLearning course. You will follow step by step the introduction, the seven principles, the seven themes and the seven processes.

Some suggestions:

  • Give subscribers the possibility to immediately request for the next episode. If they do not ask, they will receive the next episode the next day
  • Replace the video regarding processes with mails in line with the rest
  • Add figures, tables etc.

If you are interested see: http://mplaza.pm/free-prince2-course/ where you can subscribe (for free).

PRINCE2 Agile in one picture

In one of my previous posts I already gave some preliminary facts regarding the new PRINCE2 Agile framework. See: preliminary facts 

In this post you get a simple overview regarding PRINCE2 Agile. This framework is based on blending PRINCE2 and agile together. PRINCE2 is strong in the areas of project directing and project management and agile is strong in the area of product delivery. It’s not a matter to chose between PRINCE2 or agile but to decide how far you can go using specific agile ways of working by tailoring the PRINCE2 approach. The new framework offers the Agilometer to understand how far you can go using agile. Together with the usage of the Cynefin framework created by David Snowden you must have a good view how to blend PRINCE2 and agile.


For the PRINCE2 part this new framework is based on the existing PRINCE2 2009 version. For the agile part they use The definitive guide to scrum by Ken Swaber and Jeff Sutherland (integral copy included in the manual) and material based on The lean startup by Eric Ries and Kanban – Successful evolutionary change for your technology business by David Anderson (see book review).

Besides these frameworks you can also find explanation of behaviour in the areas of collaboration, self-organisation, transparency, rich communication and exploration.

In a next post I will give a summary of PRINCE2 Agile based on the official PRINCE2 Agile manual.

Reynier Pronk’s PRINCE2 blog: Prince Reynier

Schermafbeelding 2015-02-22 om 13.23.03Recentelijk stuurde Reynier mij een link naar zijn blog waar hij zoals hij zelf zegt “graag de in de afgelopen jaren vergaarde kennis niet verloren wil laten gaan.

Op zijn blog vind je vele interessante artikelen voor zowel beginnende als gevorderde PRINCE2 gebruiker.


  • Een uitgebreid voorbeeld over product-based planning
  • Het rapport Elias en PRINCE2
  • Haal meer uit PRINCE2
  • De Noord-Zuid lijn case
  • Vele columns

Zie: Prince Reynier, hoe projecten falen en waarom dat niet nodig is.

PRINCE2 in pictures: The TAG-PM PRINCE2 Trigger MAP

Dia1It’s already a while ago that I used the tag PRINCE2 in pictures. I received a nice overview of PRINCE2 containing all triggers to and from all the processes. It’s called the TAG-PM PRINCE2 Trigger Map from Trans Atlantic Group (TAG). Besides the graph you will also get an explanation of the flow within and between the processes. You will also see where most of the Management Products are created or used.

To download: PRINCE2 Trigger Map EN Poster v010212

For those who are studying for their PRINCE2 exam this is a nice and simple aid to support their study.

In a next version I would suggest a few small adjustments:

  • Add some missing Management Products: Issue Report (from CS4 Capture and Examine Issues and Risks to CS5 Review Stage Status), include Project Product Description and Business Case as part of PB and PID and add Product Descriptions to the different plans. Lessons Report could be added to the End Stage/Project Report. If you add Management Strategies to the PID you are complete.
  • I would also give a try to eliminate those process activities, which are mentioned more than once. E.g. DP5 is showed 3 times, but I could also see that it helps to understand the flow. You could add End Stage Report to the output of white box SB.
  • Divide SU in two steps. One step to create the Project Brief and another step to create the Initiation Stage Plan. If there is no viable outline Business Case it doesn’t make sense to create the Initiation Stage Plan.
  • Because this is a trigger map I would suggest to add the formal PRINCE2 triggers/events to the map as well. E.g. the requests to, the notifications, the recommendations, etc.

But as stated definitely helpful if you are preparing yourself for the exam. If you already want to have complete pictures showing all management products and where the are created, used and/or updated, all events, processes but also the principles, themes and roles and responsibilities have a look at my handy PRINCE2 Quick Reference Card. See Prince2 2009 Edition Quick Reference Card