Why You're Confusing Frameworks with Methodologies
“It is shocking that intelligent, well educated people don't know the difference between a framework and a methodology. It's also shocking that prominent and respected organizations display this same ignorance. Who cares? Is this a semantic argument? No, this isn't a semantic argument and the difference between the two is an important distinction. It's important because a framework allows you to be loose and flexible; to have 'poetic license'. A methodology is much more prescriptive. Both can be handy at different times.”
-- Anthony Draffin, “Methodology vs. Framework – why waterfall and agile are not methodologies”
Anthony Draffin’s shock does not go unshared. Of course the lack of understanding shouldn’t be all that astounding given that seasoned IT project professionals still confuse application development approaches with project management. So, let’s clear the air and clarify the differences between frameworks and methodologies. To keep things manageable, the following areas will be covered in context to frameworks and methodologies:
- Project Management
- Application Development
- IT Governance
- Business Process Improvement
To begin with, a definition of a framework and a methodology is in order, just to make sure we are all on the same page. According to pm.
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