Governing Projects
(course code GOVJ1)


PRINCE2 is a project management method that will benefit all types of projects in any domain. It is designed to facilitate effective organisational control of projects. PRINCE2 provide extensive guidance on governance and on tailoring the method to best meet organisational and project needs. This briefing will induct delegates into project governance in a PRINCE2 environment.

Course Objectives

By the end of this briefing, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at a high level the essential elements of a robust project governance method;
  • Understand the Project Board roles of Executive, Senior User and Senior Supplier, and the accountabilities and responsibilities of each role;
  • Understand associated governance support functions and processes;
  • Describe Project Board collective and individual duties and behaviours;
  • Describe the activities of Project Board members across the project lifecycle.

Who Should Attend

  • All those involved, or to be involved, in governance or management of projects;
  • Project support managers, suppliers to clients using PRINCE2 and managers of project managers will also benefit from attending;
  • Executives and Managers who have been asked to govern a project using PRINCE2 for the first time;
  • Programme Office staff who must provide administrative support to those governing projects;
  • Other managers and subject matter experts who must provide assurance support to those governing projects.


There are no prerequisites for this briefing.

Course Content

The briefing will cover the following topics at an Executive level:

  • Overview of the PRINCE2 project management method;
  • The Directing layer of the PRINCE2 process ;
  • Project Board duties and behaviours;
  • Roles and responsibilities of Project board;
  • Project assurance as a Project Board support function; Gateway Reviews; quality assurance;
  • Designing project governance arrangements and integrating then into corporate and programme governance arrangements;
  • Considering project proposals and authorising project initiation; mechanisms for defining and realising benefits from investments in projects; investment logic maps;
  • The critical importance of an effective Business Case development process;
  • Project implementation design; designing an effective control framework in a management by exception mode; the Business Case as the primary project control; change control, authorising the project;
  • Providing ad hoc advice and direction to the project management team;
  • Maintaining control as the project progresses, periodic reviews and authorising continuation;
  • Interventions and escalations; the effective use of project tolerances;
  • Confirming project closure; premature closure;
  • Governance beyond project closure; benefits reviews and responses.

Certification Exams

There are no exams with this course.

Course Fees

We offer a range of delivery styles and packages for this course. Please go to the Packages and Inclusions page to review the inclusions provided with each package.

Professional Development

Successful completion of this course may entitle you to credits in various professional development programmes:

Follow-on Courses

We recommend that delegates who complete this briefing should proceed with our Governing programmes and Better Business Cases briefings.

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