Exceptions in PRINCE2 projects, as in all projects need rapid but careful investigation. For example, there’s a big difference between overspending in a stage and early spending. PRINCE2 provides the method for dealing with exceptional circumstances.

Key: Find the underlying reasons, not just the superficial cause.

Decision at the end: Carry on (perhaps on a new plan) or stop the project?

  • Investigate rapidly and think through options

  • Report to the Project Board and get a decision on the way forward

  • Re-plan the rest of the stage if needed

  • Get approval to continue on the basis of the new plan