Methodology Utilization

When using any project framework methodology, ensure that it doesn't become bureaucratic and so administrative in detail that it actually stifles any sense of creativity or overrides common sense. For example, you have a project that must be completed within four months. You have to design and deploy a new product. As project manager, you understand that you cannot spend all your time creating elaborate documentation and hold meetings to create new processes. Time is against you; therefore, it would be wise to first adopt the correct methodology. Developing the organization's project management framework is one of the core foundations of any business to ensure project success. This framework should include:

A total project management approach from start to finish.

The key phases that the company would possibly use.

Inclusion of quality gates or checkpoints during each phase.

Necessary review points between each phase.

Preproject and postproject phases (e.g., sales, operations).

Project templates.

Project processes per phase (i.e., change control, risk).

Using a proven project framework based on industry best practices and tailoring that approach to fit your organization's culture and practices are the keys to success. In the following section of this chapter, we review different types of methodology frameworks used by industry today.

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Project Management Made Easy

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