Project Management Methodologies
Project Management Guide
Choose the Right Project Management Methodology
How to choose the right project management methodology
How do you choose the right methodology for your project with so many different options available? You should pick based on the needs of your project and your team. Two tips are relevant here:
A. Start with the end in mind
Take a look at your requirements, project goals, and objectives. What does your final deliverable need to look like? What benefits should it provide? Here are some examples:
- If it’s a physical object, such as a building or a household product with very definite materials and stakeholder expectations, it may benefit from a sequential methodology such as waterfall or critical path.
- If it’s a software product or app that is not set in stone, a flexible Agile methodology may be just what the project needs.
- If environmental sustainability is a core value of your organization and essential to the delivery of your product, try PRiSM.
- Process-based methodologies such as lean or lean six sigma support the rapid development of a minimum viable product.
B. Assess what’s already working
Don’t forget to look at the processes you already have in place that have proven successful for your team. In what kind of work environment does your team excel?
- If they thrive on collaboration, incorporating new ideas as they work, and even last-minute pivots due to changing needs, consider methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, XP, or APF.
- Or do they prefer an orderly, structured plan that accomplishes tasks sequentially? Then look at methodologies such as waterfall, critical path, and critical chain project management.