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Can a project management methodology result in project failure?

I wonder if applying the wrong project management methodology to manage project will result in the failure of that project. In other words, can we blame the methodology (and the project manager) for the failure of a project?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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I think that applying the right methodology for the right project does not guarantee the project's success. However, applying the wrong project management methodology can almost definitely result in project failure.

When the right methodology is applied, and the project is successful, then it's not the methodology that is the reason of the success of the project, it is the project manager.

Project managers who insist on applying a methodology poorly/loosely or trying to adapt the project to a methodology that is not made for its (the project's) type (for example, applying Agile to a construction project) are nearly always faced with project failure.
answered 10 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
If it is a poor methodology or poorly applied, you should consider the methodology and/or the PM as the source of the issue.  Most methodologies however are designed to be flexible and provide guidance, not stamp out cookie cutter projects.  Decisions about the project need to be made during the project by the PM and others.  It is most often the case these decisions become the "root cause" of the project failure.  If they are about how the project is conducted, the decision is the responsibliity of the project manager.  If it is about the design and execution, it may belong to the project team.
answered 10 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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