Colin Bentley is the Chief Examiner for the UK examinations in the PRINCE2 project
management methodology. He wrote a major part of the original PRINCE2 manual for the
Office of Government Commerce, UK, and has authored every subsequent revision. He
has lectured widely on PRINCE2, has acted as project management consultant to such
firms as The London Stock Exchange, Microsoft Europe, Tesco Stores, Commercial Union
and the BBC. He has authored over twenty books and has been working with PRINCE2,
PRINCE and its predecessor, PROMPT II, since 1975. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The US Project Management Institute's ("PMI") publication: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, also known as PMBOK® Guide, is PMI's view of that knowledge of project management that is "generally accepted". As such it is a descriptive document. In contrast, the UK Office of Government Commerce's ("OGC") document has been deliberately written as a project management methodology and is therefore a prescriptive document. Thus the two documents are not strictly comparable but, nevertheless, they have much in common as they both deal with the details of managing a project.
Author and writer Colin Bentley is familiar with both documents and provides the following comparison.