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PRINCE2 Agile®

What is PRINCE2 Agile?

PRINCE2 Agile® is an Agile project management solution which combines the flexibility and responsiveness of agile with the governance of PRINCE2®.

PRINCE2 Agile was launched by AXELOS in 2015 in response to demands from the user community. PRINCE2 Agile exists at the boundary between project management and Agile product delivery.

PRINCE2 Agile is composed of:

  • The official guidance; and,
  • A certification scheme (Foundation and Practitioner levels).

PRINCE2 history

PRINCE2 was born in 1996 as a generic project management method. It evolved from PRINCE - a UK government project management method used for managing IT projects. PRINCE2 quickly established itself as the leading project management methodology in the UK. It is now commonly used in the UK and Europe and by larger corporations and governments.

Agile history

Agile methods were born in the 1990’s in the software industry as a response to a long-term trend of software projects being delivered late, over budget and with quality problems. Agile has become an umbrella term encompassing many different methods and frameworks which subscribe to the values in the Agile manifesto. Some of the most common methods include Scrum, Kanban and XP.

Combining PRINCE2 with Agile

PRINCE2 is well-known for its process-based control structure for project governance. On its own however, it is not usually thought of as being part of the Agile community because it is a project management methodology.

Agile methods themselves are development methods to be used by teams designing and building products. Agile methods are not themselves project management methods or methodologies.

So, to bring the control and governance of a project management methodology to Agile projects, AXELOS developed PRINCE2 Agile.

Benefits of PRINCE2 Agile

PRINCE2 Agile offers practitioners several benefits.

  • It allows practitioners to focus on both project management and product delivery
  • It works with any established agile approach
  • It enables on-time delivery using time-boxing
  • It encourages collaboratively on projects whilst remaining corporate-friendly
  • Is easily scalable
  • It increases stakeholder confidence
  • It provides tools to manage and react to changing requirements.

Who is PRINCE2 Agile for?

The following people would benefit from PRINCE2 Agile certification.

PRINCE2 Agile Foundation

PRINCE2 Agile Foundation is for people who are new to PRINCE2 and are working on agile projects. The syllabus for PRINCE2 Agile Foundation covers an overview of PRINCE2, an introduction to agile and how to apply the two together.

There are no course prerequisites.

PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner

PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner is for people who are already certified at either PRINCE2 Foundation or PRINCE2 Agile Foundation levels.

The PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner course explores practical application of the PRINCE2 Agile method with real-world scenarios

Pre-requisites: any of the following project management certifications:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation;
  • PRINCE2 Agile Foundation;
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)®;
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®;
  • IPMA® Levels A®, B®, C® or D®.

PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner

If you want to become an PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner, then you must consider whether to take either the PRINCE2 Foundation or PRINCE2 Agile Foundation first. There are pros and cons of both. In our opinion, if you are seeking PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certification, firstly gain PRINCE2 Foundation, and then take PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner.

PRINCE2 Foundation PRINCE2 Agile Foundation
Pros Pros
More likely to appear on job adverts Learn basic Agile concepts
Is generic – can be applied on all projects
Cons Cons
Little coverage of Agile concepts Less likely to appear on job adverts
Can be applied only on Agile projects

Does PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner expire?

The PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certification expires after 3 years. After that time, you must re-take another PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam, or maintain certification through a membership subscription to AXELOS.

If you opt for the latter, your membership must start within 3 months of passing your exam and remain subscribed each year for the following 3 years. In addition, you must record 20 CPD points each year, in the prescribed categories, for your PRINCE2 digital badge to be extended.

Which is better - PRINCE2 or Agile or PRINCE2 Agile?

PRINCE2 gives you control and governance and provides a full generic project management methodology. Agile gives you flexibility and responsiveness yet without the governance. PRINCE2 Agile gives you control, governance and both flexibility and responsiveness.

The article PRINCE2® vs Agile: A comparison provides a much more detailed comparison.

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