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If there was such a thing as a *BEST* Project Management methodology, what criteria would we use to decide that?
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The question, I'd like to ask is what do professional project managers view as the "Best" Project Management methodology. However, I suspect I'd receive a lot of "it depends" answers. Therefore, this topic backs up a bit. If we wanted to compare and contrast and judge different PM methodologies, what criteria would we use to do just that? I've some thoughts, but . . . you first!
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First, one must quantify what "best" means in your context. Lots of successful projects out there where no formal project management "methodology" was applied in the modern sense.
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1 reply by Rich Gargas
Feb 27, 2019 12:23 PM
Rich Gargas
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Steve, let me ask this way:

If a particular project were executed applying different PM methodologies (several listed earlier in this thread), would one method deliver the project in a way that it:
a) meets or exceeds Scope/Quality expectations,
b) executes at a lower total Cost,
c) completes Quicker,
than other methdologies?

Is there a methodology that, when compared to others, would consistently result in higher levels of success than other methodologies?
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Feb 26, 2019 1:12 PM
Replying to Steve Ratkaj
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First, one must quantify what "best" means in your context. Lots of successful projects out there where no formal project management "methodology" was applied in the modern sense.
Steve, let me ask this way:

If a particular project were executed applying different PM methodologies (several listed earlier in this thread), would one method deliver the project in a way that it:
a) meets or exceeds Scope/Quality expectations,
b) executes at a lower total Cost,
c) completes Quicker,
than other methdologies?

Is there a methodology that, when compared to others, would consistently result in higher levels of success than other methodologies?
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1 reply by Steve Ratkaj
Feb 27, 2019 3:07 PM
Steve Ratkaj
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Rich;

I think I understand what you are trying to get at. Unfortunately, I do not have any personal experience with some of the methods you mentioned. It is a very good question in deed, but as you likely already suspect, the "true' answer will likely elude you as there are too many variables from project to project, and I doubt anyone has sufficient experience to state unequivocally that one method is superior to another. If there was one superior method, we would all be using it. After almost 30 years in the project management field, I can say with some certainty, that the most successful projects are those run by true leaders and not managers.
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Feb 27, 2019 12:23 PM
Replying to Rich Gargas
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Steve, let me ask this way:

If a particular project were executed applying different PM methodologies (several listed earlier in this thread), would one method deliver the project in a way that it:
a) meets or exceeds Scope/Quality expectations,
b) executes at a lower total Cost,
c) completes Quicker,
than other methdologies?

Is there a methodology that, when compared to others, would consistently result in higher levels of success than other methodologies?
Rich;

I think I understand what you are trying to get at. Unfortunately, I do not have any personal experience with some of the methods you mentioned. It is a very good question in deed, but as you likely already suspect, the "true' answer will likely elude you as there are too many variables from project to project, and I doubt anyone has sufficient experience to state unequivocally that one method is superior to another. If there was one superior method, we would all be using it. After almost 30 years in the project management field, I can say with some certainty, that the most successful projects are those run by true leaders and not managers.
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