PM Framework vs. PM Methodology
The words “methodology” and “framework” are often used synonymously in project management environments. Let's clarify how and why they are different so that you can set a target for which approach and style make the most sense for your environment and organization.
What is a PM framework?
By definition, a PM framework exists to provide a structure and direction on a preferred way to do something without it being too detailed or rigid. Frameworks provide guidelines. They provide guidance while being flexible enough to adapt to changing conditions or to being customized for your organization while utilizing vetted approaches.
- Offers a flexible structure (but allows for creative adaptation)
- Provides a structure of “what to do” but relies on the doer to determine the best way to get the “what” done
- Can embed other frameworks (SDLC, DBLC, etc.)
- Can be tailored to environment and culture
What is a PM methodology?
By definition, a PM methodology is an approach to “doing something” with a defined set of rules, methods, test activities, deliverables and processes that typically serve to solve a specific problem. A PM methodology demonstrates a well thought out, defined repeatable approach.
- Offers a prescriptive structure (phases, tasks, methods,
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