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How do you decide what project management approach to follow?

Earlier this year, I ran an introductory project skills workshop for a group of economists, analysts and statisticians. We talked about the different types of project, different starting points and how to decide what might be the most appropriate approach for managing them. The discussion was based on the Dombkins/Obeng  project classifications which I have written about before.

Being good analysts, some of them observed that there ought to be an algorithm which could be used to help people choose an appropriate approach for managing any given type of project. This is what they came up with:

pm_type_algorithm

It asks you to consider how much you know about WHAT the project must achieve and HOW it might be implemented. Of course, the first question is to establish if it even needs to be managed as a project.

I acknowledge it’s not perfect and there will inevitably be “ifs and buts”, but it might be a useful starting point for further discussion between a project initiator/sponsor and Project Manager. It might also make a few of the “methodologists” step back and realise neither waterfall nor agile necessarily give you the “right” answer.

In case anyone is interested, I used Elements process mapping software to create this algorithm image.

N.B. JFDI is “Just flippin’ do it”.

This post has been updated.

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