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Methodology or procedure, what's the difference?
Hi everyone

I'm preparing a presentation about the PMI Standards for the company I work for, and I was wondering what's the difference between "methodology" and "procedure", since they are often used as synonymous - which is not correct.

If you could let me know what's the real definition for each one of them, it would be really helpful.

Thanks
Sofia
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Hello Sofia.

Methodology is more broad than procedure. Procedure can be liken to a Work Breakdown Structure, Methodology has to do with the approach.
Thanks Chidiebere. It would be correct then, to say that the methodology is the collection of procedures?
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1 reply by Chidiebere Nnachi
Apr 30, 2020 7:35 AM
Chidiebere Nnachi
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No. Rather, methodology is a study of methods, procedure is a method of carrying out a task.
Apr 30, 2020 6:03 AM
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Thanks Chidiebere. It would be correct then, to say that the methodology is the collection of procedures?
No. Rather, methodology is a study of methods, procedure is a method of carrying out a task.
First of all, methodology is incorrect used. The right word is method, not methodology. When you work with this type of things you have to take into account the architecture, where between layers you have to have low coupling and high cohesion. The architecture is as follows: think into a pyramid. In the basement, the approach (agile, lean, etc), on top the process model (predictive, adaptative, hybrid). on top process cycle based on model (waterfall, iterative, incremental, iterative-incremental, etc), on top the method based on process cyle (SDLC, V, Dsdm, Xp, etc) on top the tool to support the method . You can mix all this to create your own way to create products by running projects. Procedure is a point inside the process.
And to add to Sergio and Chidiebere's great feedback, PMI does not provide methods. Rather it provides a toolkit to help PMs tailor their approach to specific project contexts. PMOs or similar bodies can pick & choose options from within the PMBOK to construct a framework or method to support standardization of PM practices within their organizations.
What @Kiron stated above is critical to understand. Unfortunatelly most of the problems when organizations or people try to use the PMI way to run projects/programs are because people do not understand that.
Processes and procedures are acted upon through method(s) within a given framework.

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