How to Assess Methodologies
While there is no “best” methodology that works for all business types, sizes, or industries, there are ways to determine which methodology to use and how to effectively apply it.
Identifying available project management methodologies (PMM) is one thing; assessing which one works best for a particular project is much more complicated. Here’s how to go about it.
Methodologies are repeatable, effective, and efficient processes that help organizations streamline project activities. Because these processes, once developed, can be documented and repeated, they help organizations to spend less time focusing on the way to executive the project itself and more time on the project objectives and deliverables.
The process required to fully assess, document, and finally select the right methodologies for each project is much more detailed, time-consuming, and complex initially, but it is worth it in the end (assuming that the most appropriate PMMs have been selected).
Key Considerations When Determining the Best Methodology
Even within the same company, PMMs are definitely not a one-size-fits-all project type or industry. In one situation, a specific methodology may work best, and in others, another one or a hybrid methodology might be more suitable. The same methodology is unlikely to work in the same organization on all projects; a best practice is to develop and implement a streamlined methodology assessment process (MAP) to determine the best approach for each project. Keep in mind that this process itself may require reassessment and modifications as business factors change.