In a region where PMP certification is assumed all-what-you-need for project management, occasionally, I have to answer the question “Why PRINCE2, you’re already a PMP?”.
PRINCE2 stands for PRojects In Controlled Environment. PRINCE2 is a project management methodology,that is mainly concerned with establishing, maintaining and controlling the project environment. Through a clear set of integrated processes, themes and principles. PRINCE2 controls the project from starting to closing with clear and well defined interfaces between different processes and control points.
While PMP stands for Project Management Professional and certify that the holder has good grasp of the PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge). As the name states, PMBoK is not differently not a methodology that one can follow to manage a project. Rather it is concerned with project management competences and techniques that project managers might apply in managing project.
Chapter 19 in PRINCE2 manual states this very clearly:
PRINCE2 should not be confused with a body of Knowledge (BOK)
- PRINCE2 is an integrated project management method providing a set of processes and thesmes that can be applied to manage a project from start to finish
- body of knowkeldge covers the broad spectrum of project management competencies and techniques that project managemer may need to apply such as leadership and negotiation
|project management method||a broad collection of good practices for project management|
|and integrated set of processes and themes that are not isolated silos that can be selectively applied||each topic area can be reffered to in isolation from others|
|covers all project management roles||targeted at project manager|
|does not cover interpersonal skills||covers interpersonal skills|
|references techniques||describes techniques|
|provides a framework of what needs to be done, by whom and by when||provide a range of techniques of how those things can be don|
One last point. I believe one should start with PRINCE2 which sets, when, who and what before moving to PMP which will help him with how.