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Characteristics of a project management methodology

What are the characteristics of a project management methodology? The answer to this question will help me understand the differences between a methodology and a framework (I know there are many posts/article explaining the differences between the two, but they're all ambiguous).
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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Forgot to add one of the most important characteristic of a project management methodology:

- It is used to manage a project! No but seriously, all the below points that I have listed are great, but the main point of PM methodology is to provide the necessary process to manage a project.
answered 10 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
I don't think that there are standard characteristics that define a project management methodology, so my answer will be based on my experience.

The following is what I think characterizes a project management methodology:

- It is easy: You can't have a PM methodology that is complicated, it must be relatively easy and straightforward. Otherwise, any deviation in the project may ensue a lot of unnecessary project management work.

- It is tested: A project management methodology, to qualify as one, must be tested on many projects and confirmed that it can actually be used to manage projects successfully, and if a project fails, then the problem doesn't lie in the methodology itself.

- It is not tailored to a specific industry: In my opinion, a project management methodology shouldn't be targeted at a specific industry, in other words, it shouldn't only work for specific projects. A PM methodology must work for all types of projects and all sizes.

- It is comprehensive: The project manager only needs to follow the process defined by a PM methodology in order to manage his project from A to Z.

If you want to know the difference between a methodology and a framework you can check this answer: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/1902/what-are-the-differenes-between-framework-and-methodology
answered 10 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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