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The Genesis of PRINCE2

 
 

Starting with PROMPT.

The arrival of PRINCE2 was an evolutionary process, starting with PROMPT. This was 
developed in 1975 by Simpact Systems Ltd as a project management methodology which divided a project into logical stages. PROMPT stood for
Project, Resource, Organisation, Management & Planning Technique.

The PROMPT methodology was adopted by the CCTA (Central Computer & Telecommunications Agency) in 1979 as the methodology to be used when implementing government IT projects

Moving to PRINCE.

Continued management failures on government IT projects led to PROMPT being superseded by PRINCE in 1989. Its aim was to make civil servants with no project management experience into reasonably competent ones by offering guidance on how to organise themselves in order to establish their business needs, initiate projects and monitor progress. PRINCE stands for
PRojects IN Controlled Environments.

PRINCE became one of the best-documented project management methodologies in the world, mostly because it addressed issues beyond the purely technical enactment of a project. The methodology mandated: 
 

 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books the business justification for the project
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books specifying the project's purpose
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books defining the organisation of the management team
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books obtaining authorisation to start (or continue) work
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books emphasis on delivery of project products
 Parthenon Consultancy for project management, safety training and business books specifying quality standards for all deliverable items

Evolution to PRINCE2.


The OGC (Office of Government Computing) enhanced the PRINCE methodology in 1996 to form PRINCE2 to incorporate "best practice" ideas from industry and management consultants. One of the great attractions of PRINCE2 is that it can be applied to any project and not only to those in IT. 

Having begun as a British government standard it has since spread to the private sector in Britain as the "de facto" standard and is now used internationally, including in the USA, Australia and Germany.

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