Initiating a Project

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The Initiating a Project process plans the project, which will be used for checking the justification of the project and a go/no-go decision, as well as executing the project in case it's going to be executed.

Initiation is much easier and simpler in Agile environments for two main reasons:

  • We're not supposed to prepare an upfront, predictive plan for the product
  • We don't have to worry about the justification of the project as much as do in predictive systems, since the project will be run in iterations and each helps us investigate the feasibility of the project realistically.

Common Actions in Agile Environments:

  • In case of Scrum:
    • Prepare a simple Product Backlog. We don't have to have a complete Product Backlog to start the delivery stages.
    • Run the Sprint 0 for preparation. Even though it is mentioned by PRINCE2 Agile, Sprint 0 is not acceptable by the [Scrum Guide], and considered a poor practice.
  • Turn the outline Business Case into a more precise Business Case, which will be used to check the viability of the project
  • Prepare a practical Benefits Review Plan to help us assess the business value of the increments, and use the information for adaptation.
  • Use The Agilometer to understand the risks of using Agile in the project, and decide if it's a good idea to do so, and what level of Agility is suitable for the project.
  • Use Cynefin to understand the level of uncertainty in the project.
  • Decide on how PRINCE2 Agile would be tailored in the project, what kind of Agile delivery would be used in the delivery layer, and define roles and responsibilities.

Process Model

PRINCE2 Agile Process Model state04.png



  • 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.

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