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Creating a Project Management Methodology

The project management methodology is simply the method (steps) by which you will use to complete each project from beginning to end. As a beginner, your methodology will not be as defined. As you grow as a project manager, you will begin creating your own methodology, taking from others methodology and creating your own unique one. In my opinion, the creation of a methodology that would encompass the entire project would be too broad and bold of a task. The term methodology insists that you devise a method, orderly thoughts and actions. Regardless of your experience, everyone works on the same project management essentials, they are as follows…

  • Define the Project
  • Plan the Project
  • Monitor the Project
  • Close the Project

With the tools, I am going to teach you, you will soon find yourself completing these stages by memory. In time, the process itself will become automatic.  The goal of this course is not to create robots, but to promote open thought, analysis, measurements of progress, and ultimate success. And although there may be stages and processes to follow, the intent is that you will take the foundation and make it your own.

You may be asking what does that mean, “Making it my own?” While following instructions is good, nowhere in history did following instructions alone make successful pioneers or trailblazers.   In most cases, great success was achieved by using individual ability to take a concept and think outside the box and beyond. This type of thought process and project management is what led to most of the inventions and concepts we use today.

Your methodology will form itself over time. Your methodology is a living thing, you may delete and or add to it until you get to the place of completion. For some this process takes weeks and some they have yet to find that one set of principles, philosophy and actions that work for them.

Your goal, take what you learn and devise your own methodology, one that is entwined with you and not a clone of someone else’s.

What is the  Methodology of this Course

Most courses that I have taken on project management break the project up into deadlines. I don’t know how this is possible when each task is unique. You could not possibly make all the tasks of a project conform to one set of deadlines, parameters or stages. One task might be completed in minutes, while others may take weeks or months. This is why this course breaks the projects into tasks, apply the essentials to each and brings it all back together for the completion of the project.

You have decided to plan a party, your boss has assigned you a  project, or you have an assignment due for class. No matter what the project, it is made up of two or more tasks. We will first tackle the project from a task perspective.

Each task completed brings you that much closer to completing the project. Each task will have four stages: Decision Making, Execution, Follow-up and closure.

With my approach, you will see progress quicker, and you will not feel overwhelmed with the project as a whole. The more traditional approach is similar to saying I have twenty-five pounds to lose. Thinking about the entire twenty-five pounds and what it will take to get there can be somewhat depressing. But looking at it from a how many pounds I can lose per week perspective decreases the amount of stress and increases the potential to reach the goal as it is broken down into more measurable components of weeks or even days.

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