my goal here is to help you identify methodologies—and particular aspects of methodologies—that you can bring to your practice and deliver projects effectively in the world of digital agencies. You’ll find an overview of PM methodology, descriptions of popular project management methodologies, examples from real companies, and steps to help you choose the right methodology.
Looking at project methodology types, we can see differences in the mechanisms that various methodologies use; how they give definition to a way of working.
Some project management methodologies simply define principles, like Agile. Others define a “full-stack” methodology framework of themes, principles, and processes, such as Prince2. Some are an extensive list of standards with some process, like the PMI methodology PMBOK, and some are very light and simply define process, like Scrum.
Maybe controversially, rather than debate what’s a methodology and what’s not, I use the broad (yes, mis)understanding of PM methodologies to mean simply the best practice frameworks we mash together to get projects done.
In other words, I don’t think a methodology has to be a complete full-stack implementation “system” to be considered a methodology.
It’s a good and helpful definition because in reality, as project managers we use a hodgepodge of principles, themes and processes tailored for our clients and projects.
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