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Tools vs Techniques
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I came across this question while preparing a PMP Quality Management class:

Tool? Technique? What's The Difference?

Seems that each time I teach, I just keep learning new things, incredible.
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technique is way of doing it
tool is helping apply that technique.

So for e.g : ITIL is framework (technique) ... BMC remedy, bugzilla, etc are tools which apply this framework to make your work easier.
Same is the case with PM : Scheduling is technique... MS project is tool which applies it.

Hope I am helpful in explaining it. but please correct me if I am wrong in understanding somewhere.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Apr 15, 2016 8:44 AM
George Lewis
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Saurabh, if you could address the example regarding some processes tools and techniques, quality tools an techniques for example. *or any other
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Apr 15, 2016 12:54 AM
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technique is way of doing it
tool is helping apply that technique.

So for e.g : ITIL is framework (technique) ... BMC remedy, bugzilla, etc are tools which apply this framework to make your work easier.
Same is the case with PM : Scheduling is technique... MS project is tool which applies it.

Hope I am helpful in explaining it. but please correct me if I am wrong in understanding somewhere.
Saurabh, if you could address the example regarding some processes tools and techniques, quality tools an techniques for example. *or any other
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from what i'm understanding is that tools is the actual things that we will use, techniques mostly on the concept that we will use to apply or use the tools.

techniques----> tools considered related. As example we have the concept of planning i.e float, critical path , lead, and etc.

Tools to make it either using microsoft project or primavera.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Apr 16, 2016 10:19 AM
George Lewis
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Thanks Muhamad - Yet, I'm seeking for some PMBok related examples, because it does refer to tools and techniques.

I'd like a sound answer if a studend ask me for especific examples of which ones are tools and which ones are techniques?

Great input though.
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I think this one might be a tough one, not many replies...
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Tool: a device or implement, especially one held in the hand, used to carry out a particular function.

Technique: a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.
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Since my expertise is quality, loved this example I saw on the web (By Simon), but I'm not sure if this is valid or not.

I would really like some discussion around this...

Quality Tools:
Affinity Diagram, Brainstorming, Cause and Effect, Control Chart, FMEA, Force Field Analysis, Histogram, Pareto Chart, Poka Yoke, Process Mapping, Project Management, QFD, Statistics...

Quality Techniques:
ABM, Benchmarking, Business Excellence, The Five S's, Hoshin Kanri, Kaizen, Lean, Plan Do Study Act, Process Management, Six Sigma, SMED, TPM, TQM...
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1 reply by Freddy Listander
Jun 28, 2016 4:07 AM
Freddy Listander
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Hi George,
you mentioned Hoshin Kanri. Do you have experience with this method. I am just in that situation where we have to think about policy deployment. Would be nice to share your experience.

Thanks in advance
Greetings
Freddy
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Apr 16, 2016 2:34 AM
Replying to M. Sahir A. Shatiry, PMI-RMP, PMP
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from what i'm understanding is that tools is the actual things that we will use, techniques mostly on the concept that we will use to apply or use the tools.

techniques----> tools considered related. As example we have the concept of planning i.e float, critical path , lead, and etc.

Tools to make it either using microsoft project or primavera.
Thanks Muhamad - Yet, I'm seeking for some PMBok related examples, because it does refer to tools and techniques.

I'd like a sound answer if a studend ask me for especific examples of which ones are tools and which ones are techniques?

Great input though.
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Is this a difficult one? Any more inputs?
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I would really like some PMI examples of those differences between Tools and Techniques.

Someone has to have a valid/sound answer or litererature where I can further my investigation around this.

Thanks
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Technique. Adefined Systematic procedure employed by a human resource to perform an activity to produce a product or result or deliver a service, and that may employ one or more tools.

Tool. Something tangible, such as a template or software program, used in performing an activity to produce a product or result.

by PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling - Second Edition
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