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"Methodologies and frameworks capture the experiences of the authors or authoring organization in successfully delivering certain types of projects. No single methodology or framework will ever be foolproof on all types of projects. They cannot account for every contingency. Use of an incorrect methodology can waste a lot of project resources while imparting a false sense of comfort."

"Methodologies on the whole, tend to be more complete and prescriptive than their framework counterparts."

Common Problems

"The table below identifies some of the common problems within the methodology/framework category, key considerations, and some suggested questions that can be included in your assessment questionnaire."
Problem Description
Suggested Questions
Inappropriate for project
This could be because the methodology is poorly constructed. The methodology could be better suited for another type of project.
What is the methodology designed for? Who uses it?
Incorrectly applied
A lack of understanding by the project team may mean that a methodology is not implemented correctly.
Who implemented the methodology in the organization? How do we know when to use it?
Not enough test points
The methodology may not have enough analysis or test points to allow the project team members to know that they are proceeding on track.
What makes us think we are using the methodology correctly?
Missing phases
The methodology may miss key phases relevant to your project, either through omission or because it is intended for another type of project.
Are there any types of projects that the methodology is not suited for?
Too cumbersome
The methodology may be too unwieldy.
How flexible is the methodology? Are there steps that I can miss? What do people on the team think about the methodology?

The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.