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PRINCE2™: A Practical Handbook

Struggling to apply the principles of PRINCE2™ to make the method work in practice? Need guidance on adapting the process depending on context and scaling for smaller projects?

Revised and updated throughout to match the details and requirements of the 2009 PRINCE2 manual, PRINCE2™: A Practical Handbook, 3rd edition is the solution—a readable, practical reference with real life examples and case studies, links between related components and processes, and clear guidance on how to fine-tune the method to suit situation and size.

Whether you are looking to further your reading in preparation for the PRINCE2 examinations, keep your knowledge and skills up to date to maintain registered status or apply the theory of PRINCE2 to everyday project work after certification, PRINCE2™: A Practical Handbook is an affordable alternative to expensive training and an indispensable addition to your project management bookshelf.

Author Colin Bentley has spent the last 40 years managing projects, large and small, across the world. He has worked with PRINCE2, PRINCE and its predecessor, PROMPT II, since the 1970s and was one of the team that brought PROMPT II to the marketplace. As the main author of the original PRINCE2 manual, a former Chief Examiner in PRINCE2 for the Association for Project Management Group (APMG) and Lead Reviewer for the 2009 PRINCE2 manual, he is the perfect guide to real-world application of PRINCE2 beyond the classroom theory for project management success.

Practicing project managers across all industry sectors; Project and general managers undertaking CPD in the project management area; PRINCE2 practitioner exam candidates and registered PRINCE2 practitioners.


Published: October 2009

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-1-85617-822-8


  • Introduction; Starting up a project; Initiating a project (IP); Directing a project (DP); Controlling a stage (CS); Managing project delivery (DP); Managing stage boundaries (SB); Closing a project (CP); Planning (PL); Project organization; Plans; Project controls; Stages; Quality; The management of risk; Change control; Configuration management; Business case; Product-based planning; Quality review; Project filing; Project management team roles; Product descriptions; Forms; Scaleable Smaller Projects; A Matrix Approach; A Scaled-Down Project Life Cycle; Chiselling Away; Summary.


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