Project Management: An introduction to PRINCE2 Project Management Themes

23.10.2020Project Management: An introduction to PRINCE2 Project Management Themes

The PRINCE2 themes describe aspects of project management that must be continually addressed throughout the project lifecycle.

These themes are;

  1. Business case – Why?
  2. Organisation – Who?
  3. Quality – What?
  4. Plans – When, how, how much?
  5. Risk – What if?
  6. Change – What is the impact?
  7. Progress – Where are we now, where are we going, should we carry on?

The strength of a PRINCE2 approach to managing projects is the way in which these seven themes are integrated. This is achieved because of the specific PRINCE2 treatment of each theme – they are carefully designed to link together effectively.

All seven themes must be applied in a project BUT they should always be tailored according to the risk, scale, nature, complexity/simplicity of the project concerned, always ensuring that any minimum requirements specified in the theme are met.

The minimum requirements for each theme vary but it is important to remember one of the Principles of PRINCE2 – Tailor to suit the Project Environment. One aim of PRINCE2 is to make the right information available at the right time, to the right people, to take decisions about the Project.


AEON advocate a PRINCE2 framework in managing our Projects for this reason. Working in an R&D environment, some structure is needed to allow those decision to be made. Equally important however, is the need to be flexible to the project requirements to truly deliver to our client’s expectations.

Effectively combining our skills in Systems Engineering and Project Management principles, AEON can effectively plan and monitor technical activities, keeping our client’s requirement in mind at all times. This synergy between the two disciplines makes AEON’s project management approach unique and contributes to our project’s success.  

Over the coming months, we will look at each theme in more detail, and provide not only the rationale behind the theme, but specific examples of their successful application.