PRINCE2 is a scalable, flexible project management method. Derived from professional Project Managers' experiences, it has been steadily refined thanks to its application in a wide variety of contexts. It is owned by AXELOS Limited. AXELOS Limited. has made an ongoing commitment to maintaining the currency of the method and the tools, information and handbooks that go with it. The latest version of this steadily evolving method was issued in 2009, with the release of a pair of handbooks tailored to the two management levels of a project management team.

  • The first handbook describes the method from the perspective of Project Board members and describes the roles and responsibilities involved in directing a project.
  • The second handbook focuses on managing projects. The Project Manager represents the management level and is responsible for the day-to-day work on the project.

This new release has made the method even more user-friendly and accessible, and it continues to be free to use. 

PRINCE2 consists of four integrated elements:

Key info

  • PRINCE2®: PRojects IN Controlled Environments
  • PRINCE® und PRINCE2® are registered trademarks of AXELOS Limited.
  • Published by The Stationery Office (TSO) on behalf of AXELOS Limited:
    - PROMPTII 1975
    - PRINCE  1989
    - PRINCE2  1996 (5th edition in 2009)
PRINCE2® is a Registered Trade Mark of the Cabinet Office