Project Management Methodology Fundamentals Bogdan Gorka, PMP
<ul><li>Merriam-Webster dictionary about methodolog y:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the analysis of the principles of methods, r...
Projects are about organised approach to delivery <ul><li>Methodologies  help by suggesting proven ways and methods to org...
Basic elements of any project management methodology <ul><li>Dividing  bigger pieces into smaller </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An...
Methodologies are standards in a profession <ul><li>Profession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And if we were professional builders?...
Example of standards <ul><li>McDonald’s restaurant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>same organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>same...
Standard result <ul><li>Same product everywhere because: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>production organised in phases </li></ul></...
Standard equals methodology <ul><li>Methodology in project management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>set of proven methods and tech...
Methodology is not a cook book <ul><li>A methodology is only then good when it is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>flexible – can be ...
<ul><li>More files and presentations </li></ul><ul><li>visit my blog at  </li></ul><ul><li>http://pmadept.net </li></ul>Mo...
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  1. 1. Project Management Methodology Fundamentals Bogdan Gorka, PMP
  2. 2. <ul><li>Merriam-Webster dictionary about methodolog y: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the analysis of the principles of methods, rules, and postulates employed by a discipline“; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;the systematic study of methods that are, can be, or have been applied within a discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Often used interchangeably ( sometimes confusing ) : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PMBOK® is not a methodology – it is defined as a sum of knowledge within the profession of project management. This is done in a form of collected methods, tools and techniques (the HOW) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PRINCE2 ® is methodology – it is witten like a reference book with clear guidelines relating to main project management areas. Many aspects are described lightly because, like many methodologies, it stresses out the WHAT should be done and WHEN. It resembles a general procedure which should be tailored to a given project and organisational conditions. </li></ul></ul>Method vs Methodology Project Management Methodology Fundamentals |
  3. 3. Projects are about organised approach to delivery <ul><li>Methodologies help by suggesting proven ways and methods to organise the project delivery </li></ul>| Project Management Methodology Fundamentals
  4. 4. Basic elements of any project management methodology <ul><li>Dividing bigger pieces into smaller </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any work that is big enough needs to be divided into smaller parts. In this way it is easier to understand what it really is and come up with some ideas what needs to be done to produce results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Planning the sequence of results’ delivery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When you divide your big job into smaller pieces you need to think what comes first and what next. Having this sequence and dependencies (like having walls before putting a roof on them) you can continue with effort estimating. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Team – who is performing tasks to deliver results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you know what needs to be done, now it is a question who can do what and when (roles and responsibilities) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Schedule – controlling your progress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Putting together what needs to be done next to a date on your timeline will tell you if you are late with your project or not. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project Manager – who is creating the environment for cooperation </li></ul>| Project Management Methodology Fundamentals
  5. 5. Methodologies are standards in a profession <ul><li>Profession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And if we were professional builders? Surely we would like to be the same good builders all the time. Also, nobody would deny that having experience of builders that worked before us would save us making the same mistakes that they did. How to get that experience from their heads? It’s simple: standardise the knowledge so everyone can use it. Why? To have the same or better results and avoid pitfalls. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards help us to draw from the experience of professional people that were in our profession before us. It doesn’t mean that we are not allowed to improve the standards. That’s the whole point. We need to try to follow the standards and improve what can be fixed to work better and faster. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Following a standard will help you spend less resources and still have the same results </li></ul>| Project Management Methodology Fundamentals
  6. 6. Example of standards <ul><li>McDonald’s restaurant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>same organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>same production standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>same raw materials standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>same training for employees </li></ul></ul>The result of standardisation: confidence in product quality and predictable results | Project Management Methodology Fundamentals
  7. 7. Standard result <ul><li>Same product everywhere because: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>production organised in phases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>each phase subdivided into tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the production process is uniform across the globe </li></ul></ul>The end result: standardise d process gives predictable results | Project Management Methodology Fundamentals
  8. 8. Standard equals methodology <ul><li>Methodology in project management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>set of proven methods and techniques that are put together and are tested to be effective </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Describes sequence of actions (or tasks) ordered in a certain way </li></ul><ul><li>Includes assisting tools like templates, check-lists, roles descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesized knowledge – all what you need to know to get results fits in one book </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility – is generic and applicable to many industries but needs to be adapted to needs </li></ul><ul><li>Experience – you need to be trained and have experience how to use it effectively </li></ul>| Project Management Methodology Fundamentals
  9. 9. Methodology is not a cook book <ul><li>A methodology is only then good when it is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>flexible – can be used in many industries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>adaptable – needs to be useful for various purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It’s not a cook book – if you follow all steps and use all tools it won’t guarantee the same results. Projects are not mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Methodologies help us in having more control on things that may go wrong but it will not replace experience. </li></ul>| Project Management Methodology Fundamentals
  10. 10. <ul><li>More files and presentations </li></ul><ul><li>visit my blog at </li></ul><ul><li>http://pmadept.net </li></ul>More on Project Management Project Management Methodology Fundamentals |

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