A Comparative Analysis of Agile, Six Sigma, and Critical Pathway Methodologies

Mr. Michael Perry is a practicing Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holder in Madison, Wisconsin, who is involved in developing cybersecurity awareness training for organizations. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mr. Perry spent 10 years working in Chicago, Illinois for a logistics tech firm while going to school for his MBA at DePaul University. Post-graduation, he channeled his previous work and graduate experience into pursuing his PMP certification.

Abstract
The importance of tailoring your approach to project management is paramount in order to fulfill the appropriate business case or strategic organizational goal. With all the various project management approaches along with the nuances of each method, it is necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each to be able to determine which fits your project’s needs. Comparing heavily utilized methodologies such as agile, Six Sigma, and critical pathway methodologies (CPM) can provide insight into how criteria such as type of process utilization, flexibility or rigidity, and project complexity are crucial to making an informed decision that fits the obligations of a business or organization.

The prospective management of projects, ranging from the simplest to the most complex of undertakings, requires a disciplined, logical approach. While numerous methodologies exist for how to tackle a wide variety of endeavors, each one employs processes to attempt a successful, smooth completion of a project’s scope. One of the primary purposes of project management is to anticipate and respond to change in a constructive and efficient manner. The utilization of science-proven techniques to construct a framework to guide and control outcomes in each phase of a project are a common thread interwoven in most all methodologies. However, as the well-known idiom …

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