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What is informal project management?

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What is informal project management and how does it differ from regular (or formal) project management.

My quick research on this topic makes me believe that the term is just a hype and it doesn't exist, and informal project management is just formal project management disguised by using informal techniques.

I will be very grateful if someone knowledgeable on the topic can define it concisely as well as the differences between formal and informal project management (if it's different!).
asked 6 years ago by anonymous

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No, it is no hype. The term "informal project management" actually exists.

Informal project management is the management of a temporary endeavor (that may or may not be referred to as "project"), by someone who is not a project manager, without really calling the whole process project management.

Informal project management does not follow a methodology (in contrast with formal project management).

Informal project management is a common way to manage projects in traditional (line) organizations.

I think in a few years from now informal project management will cease to exist when most companies become matrix or projectized.
answered 6 years ago by LazyManager (750 points)

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