An Overview of PRINCE2 Agile

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PRINCE2 Agile is a new concept from AXELOS, which is a tailored form of PRINCE2, suitable for Agile environments.

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. You can buy the hardcopy or PDF version from the TSO webshop, or other online book stores such as Amazon.

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

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 more.

While PRINCE2 Agile mentions the Scrum roles such as Product Owner and Scrum Master frequently, 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.

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.

I'm a PM author, consultant, and trainer. My main areas of focus are PRINCE2 and Agile/Scrum, and I've been one of the official reviewers of PRINCE2 Agile. You can learn more about me by visiting my LinkedIn profile.

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