If you are interested in absolutely basics, let’s start with warm-up and check what PM methodologies do we have.

Project Management Methodologies

First and foremost we divide methodolgies to:

  • Waterfall – shortly speaking this is a linear, sequential approach to project management where the project is divided into distinct stages, with each stage completed before moving on to the next one. The main methodologies of this approach are: PMBOK (more popular in US), Prince2 (more popular in Europe), PM2 (PM-square, used almost only by EU agencies)
  • Agile – emphasizes flexibility and adaptability, with a focus on delivering a working product in incremental stages rather than waiting until the end of the project. It is represented by framworks like Agile PM/DSDM, Prince2 Agile, PMI Agile Project Management

Many sources, improperly puts anything that sounds agile-ish under “project management methodology”. But be aware – Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Six sigma, XP – are tools, ways of working, philosophy, whatsoever, but for sure they are not designed nor suitable to run independent project.

What does it mean in practice? In practice we can run project in Prince2 Agile  (because that`s the methodology of project management), where we’ll be developing software in Scrum (which is nowadays standard for software development), we’ll be having Kanban boards to track work and we can optimise processes with Lean/Six Sigma. Of course we can use them independently, but only to deliver single product (i.e. simple software re-design).  The “real” project will require “real” methodology.

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