Just as wireless devices/PDAs today have slowly started to replace connected desktop/laptop systems, we see newer, agile, lightweight methodologies advancing as possible replacements for the more rigid heavyweight methodologies. From the methodologies discussed in this chapter, we see that there are numerous methodologies across all industries light, heavy, and hybrids. They differ in the number of people involved in the project, the criticality of the project, the project priorities, and, probably, by the personal philosophies of the people involved in these projects. If you didn't find the ideal methodology in this chapter, simply use the best one of all the mentioned methodologies and expand on it. Supplement it with templates and assess the processes needed most. A good development methodology optimizes quality, consistency, and timeliness of delivery.

Whether you use PRINCE2, RUP, RAD, Waterfall, Open Source, Scrum, Spiral, or another, you should be familiar with these underlying concepts. One project may require one approach while another project may need something unique. While projects differ in size and complexity, your unique project approach is based on using key building blocks to understand what needs to be done when designing/using a methodology. These building blocks are:

Understanding and assessment of the engagement and the solution to be implemented. Before initiating an engagement, the project team works to understand the intricacies of the problem. From this flows a comprehensive assessment of the solution to be developed, including time lines and budgets.

Planning the full scope of the project. Based on the assessment, a detailed project plan is assembled. This includes schedules, milestones, staffing, risks, and dependencies. Over the life cycle, the project plan becomes the foundation and framework for all activities.

Team design that assembles the best group of professionals for the job. Project teams are assembled not only based on the technical acumen required, but also on domain expertise in solving specific business problems.

Project management that ensures a timely delivery within your budget. The team relies on a combination of industry best practices and techniques to ensure that projects come in on time and within budget.

Communicate to project teams that any project methodology should follow a structured, yet flexible approach, be able to deliver quality, and ensure client involvement at all times.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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