PRINCE2® Foundation

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PRINCE2 Foundation

Our PRINCE2® Foundation classroom courses allow you to learn how to effectively manage a project, through one of the world’s most recognized project management methodologies, in an environment where you can actively participate and engage with both the material and others around you.


Introduction – PRINCE2

  • What are Projects?
  • Why a Project Management Method?
  • What is PRINCE2?
  • Six variables / six performance targets
  • PRINCE2 Structure
  • What does PRINCE2 not cover?
  • Benefits of using PRINCE2
  • What does a Project Manager do?

The Process Model and Project Timeline

  • The PRINCE2 Process Model
  • Project Timeline
  • Starting Up a Project
  • Initiating a Project Process / Initiation Stage
  • Controlling a Stage – 1st delivery stage
  • Next delivery stages
  • Last delivery stage and Closing a Project

The path to creating the Business Case

  • Step 1: Develop the Business Case
  • Step 2: Verify the Business Case
  • Step 3: Maintain the Business Case
  • Step 4: Confirm the Benefits


  • Principles: Continued Business Justification
  • Principles: Learn from Experience
  • Principles: Defined Roles and Responsibilities
  • Principles: Manage By Stages
  • Principles: Manage by Exception
  • Principles: Focus on Products
  • Principles: Tailoring or Tailor to suit the Project Environment

Themes Introduction

  • Theme: Business Case
  • Theme: Organization
  • Theme: Quality
  • Theme: Plans
  • Theme: Risk
  • Theme: Change
  • Theme: Progress

Business Case Theme

  • What happens in the real world?
  • The Business Case knowledge provided by PRINCE2
  • What does a Business Case do for the project?
  • How to best describe what you get from a project?
  • Different types of Business Case


  • The Organization Knowledge provided by PRINCE2
  • Organization Definitions
  • Three Project Interests / 3 Stakeholder Categories
  • The four levels of Organization
  • Project Board
  • The Project Board Roles
  • Project Assurance: User, Business & Supplier
  • The Change Authority Role
  • The Project Manager Role
  • Team Manager & Project Support
  • Project Support  and center of excellence
  • Project Manager and the Project Organization
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • The Communication Management Strategy
  • Responsibilities for Organization Theme


  • The Plans Knowledge provided by PRINCE2
  • Plans Lingo
  • Three levels of a Plan
  • The Path to Planning
  • The Project Plan, Stage Plan and Team Plan
  • The Exception Plan


  • What happens in the real world?
  • The Quality Knowledge provided by PRINCE2
  • Quality Lingo

Introduction to the PRINCE2 Approach to Quality

  • Quality Plan Steps – Quality Audit Trail
  • The Customer’s Quality Expectations
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • The Project Product Description
  • The Quality Management Strategy Document
  • Product Descriptions

Quality Control Introduction & Quality Methods

  • Quality records, approval records and acceptance records
  • The PRINCE2 Quality Review Technique
  • Responsibilities
  • Quality Summary

The PRINCE2 Planning Steps and Design the Plan

  • Step 1: Design the Plan
  • Step 2: Product-Based Planning Introduction
  • Step 3: Identify Activities and Dependencies
  • Step 4: Prepare Estimates
  • Step 5: Prepare the schedule

Risk Theme

  • Purpose of the knowledge in the Risk Theme
  • What is Risk Management
  • The Management of Risk Method & Risk Context
  • The Risk Register – Risk History

The Risk Management Procedure

  • Step 1: Identify
  • Step 2: Assess Risk: Estimating, Evaluating
  • Step 3: Plan is about Planning the Responses
  • Step 4: Implement the Responses
  • Step 5: Communicate


  • Purpose of knowledge in the Change Theme
  • The PRINCE2 Approach to Change
  • Configuration Management Strategy
  • How to prioritize issues & track severity
  • Change Authority and Change Budget
  • Management Products used by the Change Theme

The Configuration Management Procedure

  • Issue and Change Control Procedure
  • Capture:  Issue and Change Control Procedure
  • Examine:  Issue and Change Control Procedure

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Propose
  • Decide
  • Implement


  • Purpose of the information in the Progress Theme
  • Progress, Progress Controls, Exceptions and Tolerances
  • What is the PRINCE2 Approach to Progress?
  • What are the 3 Project Board Controls?
  • Use of Management Stages for Control

What are Technical Stages?

  • Event-Driven and Time-Driven Controls
  • How does the Project Manager review progress?
  • Capturing and reporting lessons
  • Reports used to Report Progress
  • What is Raising Exceptions?


  • The PRINCE2 Processes
  • Pre-Project
  • Initiation Stage
  • Next Stage or Stages after the Initiation Stage
  • The PRINCE2 Process Model

Starting Up a Project

  • Purpose & Objective of the Starting Up a Project Process
  • Appoint the Executive and the Project Manager
  • Design and appoint the Project Management Team
  • Select Project Approach and Assemble Project Brief

Initiating a Project

  • Prepare the Risk Management Strategy
  • Prepare the Configuration Management Strategy
  • Prepare the Quality Management Strategy
  • Prepare the Communication Management Strategy
  • Setting Up the Project Controls
  • Create the Project Plan
  • Refining the Business Case
  • Assemble the Project Initiation Documentation

Directing a Project

  • Activity 1: Authorize initiation
  • Activity 2:  Authorize the project
  • Activity 3: Authorize a Stage or Exception Plan
  • Activity 4: Give ad hoc Direction
  • Activity 5: Authorize Project Closure

Managing Product Delivery

  • Activity: Accept a Work Package
  • Activity: Execute a Work Package
  • Activity: Deliver a Work Package

Managing a Stage Boundary

  • Activity 1: Plan the next Stage
  • Activity 2: Update the Project Plan
  • Activity 3: Update the Business Case
  • Activity 4: Report stage end
  • Activity 5: Produce an Exception Plan

Closing a Project

  • Activity 1: Prepare planned closure
  • Activity 2: Prepare premature closure
  • Activity 3: Handover products
  • Activity 4: Evaluate the project
  • Activity 5: Recommend Project Closure


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