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Is it necessary to follow a project management methodology?

Do project managers have to follow a project management methodology to manage their projects? What is the downside if they don't? Will their projects fail?

I am thinking that in the old days, project managers didn't follow any methodology and yet their projects were successful. Nowadays most project managers follow PM methodologies and yet a substantial number of projects fail (which means, in my opinion, that following a PM methodology is inversely proportional to project success)...
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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The Chesire Cat in Alice in Wonderland said that it doesn't matter what road you are taking if you don't know where you are going.  So it would be important to follow some methodology, even if informal. Or perhaps good practices instead of best practices.

Project still fail, imho, because we are human and do not always learn from our mistakes. As humans, we self-sabotage our work and our companies by not following sound best practices and finding ways to resist or get out of following a step in a methodology.  We take short cuts because we are not offered infinite time.  And in our fast paced world, time is at a premium.  Best practices are adopting to this new reality, however they are still not perfectly followed.  In a perfect world, if we faithfully followed the methods (rather than try to avoid them), we'd be doing much better.
answered 9 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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