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Revision as of 00:24, 13 September 2015

PRINCE2 Agile is a new concept from AXELOS (the owner of PRINCE2), which is a tailored form of PRINCE2, suitable for Agile environments such as Scrum.

PRINCE2 Agile does not contain an Agile delivery method, and supports the existing ones instead.


History

The first edition of PRINCE2 Agile was published by AXELOS on Jun 2015.

No plans are announced about a second edition, and because of the heavy investment in certification and training programs, it's likely not to have a new edition for years.

Manual

PRINCE2 Agile is described in an official manual with the same name, which is available in hardcopy and PDF at the TSO webshop, and other online book stores such as Amazon.

PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner candidates can only use this book during their open-book exam.

The manual is not prepared by a group of experts, but by a single author. A number of contributor and reviewers have had some involvement in the process as well.

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  • The above image assumes that Scrum is used in the delivery level, which is not necessary.
  • The number of stages, releases, and Sprints are just examples, as well as the exception in the third stage.
  • The diagram is schematic and many details are not shown.

Stages are still set based on the management needs of the project, rather than turning into iterations. Each Stage contains one or more "release", and each "release" contains one or more "iterations". Iterations are usually called "timeboxes" in PRINCE2 Agile.

Tailoring done on PRINCE2

Principles

Note: Principles are not supposed to be tailored in PRINCE2. The above pages only explain how each principle will be interpreted in Agile environments.

Themes

Processes

PRINCE2 Agile doesn't add, remove, merge, or split any of the original processes.

Management Products

PRINCE2 Agile mentions some additional Management Products such as User Stories, but does not make it official, and for example, does not provide Product Descriptions for them. So, in this part, only the original Management Products and the way they are tailored are discussed.

Changes in the baselines products are managed formally, while other changes (e.g. on user stories) are managed informally by the delivery level. More on this on the Change Theme.

Roles and Responsibilities

All default PRINCE2 roles still exist in PRINCE2 Agile, and their responsibilities have not changed much, except for the recommendation to empower the delivery team.

While PRINCE2 Agile frequently mentions the Scrum roles such as Product Owner and Scrum Master, as if they are a fixed part of the team, still does not considers them as default roles, and uses the more generic roles mentioned below. More on this in the Organization Theme's page.

The original PRINCE2 responsibilities tables have not adjusted to include the new roles, or reflect any tailoring. The new roles are not even mentioned much through the manual and it's not clear how they are supposed to be used, and how they are connected to the rest of the methodology.

Extra Concepts

Certification

There's a PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certification available, with the usual Practitioner level specification of other AXELOS standards such as PRINCE2 Practitioner. However, it's required for the participants to be PRINCE2 Practitioner certified before taking the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam.

Participants can self-study, use eLearning courses, or take classroom courses for exam. A normal classroom course is 3 days and the exam is taken at the end of the last session. Those who self-study or use eLearning courses can take the exam online.

About this wiki

This wiki is written and maintained by Nader K. Rad. It's a continuous activity, and I'll keep improving the content.

I decided to use this wiki to organize my thoughts and notes on PRINCE2 Agile, when I started preparing an eLearning course for the subject. Then I thought it would be a good idea to make it available to the public.

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