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The 7 principles

The principles

The purpose of PRINCE2 is to provide a project management method that can be applied on every project.
This is possible because PRINCE2 is principles-based which are characterized as:
Universal in that they apply on every project
Self-validating in that they have been proven in practice for many years
Empowering because they give practitioners of the method confidence and the ability to influence and form the management of projects

The principles on which PRINCE2 is based originate from lessons learned from projects both good and bad. They provide a framework of best practice for people involved in a project.
If a project does not follow these principles, then this project is not managed using PRINCE2, because these principles are the basis of what defines a PRINCE2 project.

The 7 principles can be summarised as:
Tailor to suit the project environment

The application of the principles

It is the application of these principles which characterizes if a project is using PRINCE2, and not the application of the processes or the documents alone. The principles facilitate good use of PRINCE2 by ensuring that the method is not applied in an imposed and prescriptive way, but in a way sufficient to contribute to the success of the project.

Used sources

Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, 2009 edition