Comparing project management methodologies: PRINCE2®, PMBOK® and Agile
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  • Comparing project management methodologies: PRINCE2®, PMBOK® and Agile
  • Project management
  • PRINCE2®
  • PMBOK®
  • Agile
  • Comparison of PRINCE2®, PMBoK® and Agile

Comparing project management methodologies: PRINCE2®, PMBOK® and Agile

Project management

Various project management methodologies have been developed to guide organisations through project management and develop common use of terminology for project management exponents. These are recommended to be modified to suit organisations or project types.

Three of the most widely used are:

  1. PRINCE2® (PRojects IN Controlled Environments)

  2. PMBOK® (Project Management Body Of Knowledge)

  3. Agile

PRINCE2®

PRINCE2®, originally developed by a UK government agency, is a structured project management method used extensively by the UK government as well as other public and private sector organisations in the UK and internationally. It provides processes for managing projects over their entire lifecycle and identifies themes that ensure that focus is retained on critical success factors. It has been developed so that it can be tailored to suit the environment in which it is used.

PRINCE2® is a defined methodology that provides a relatively straightforward, integrated and consistent project management framework of what needs to be done, by whom and by when. In effect, it forms a practical operating manual.

PMBOK®

PMBoK®, developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), is a knowledge repository that defines 47 project management processes, aligning them with five ‘Process Groups’ (broadly aligned to project lifecycle phases) and ten ‘Knowledge Areas’ (aspects of projects that must be managed for effective delivery). It is intended to be tailored to suit different project situations,

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