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One Size Does Not Fit All
By Joanne Wortman

Have you been to the mall and purchased a shirt that says “one size fits all” for the size? While the shirt may fit some of us perfectly, it might be too large or too small for others. The same goes for a project. This “one size fits all” mentality for all projects can put your smaller projects at great risk by bogging them down in a project management methodology that is too rigorous for the size of these projects.

So what can you do?

Establish a flexible project management methodology framework

  • Define what a “small” and “large” project is in your organization (e.g., a small project can be between 6 – 12 weeks and a large project is anything greater than 12 weeks)
  • Identify the deliverables or documents needed for each project type

  • Monitor smaller projects to validate the success/failure rate of these projects and adjust the deliverables within the framework as necessary

The key point to remember is that the project management methodology is a framework for all projects, not a straitjacket. The framework needs flexibility to support all projects, no matter their size, while producing results.

One size really does not fit all, so find the size that fits your needs to successfully manage your small project.

Joanne Wortman, JWortman@edgewater.com, Director of Consulting, Edgewater Technology, Inc.

Joanne Wortman has been leading complex technology projects, M&A integration programs, business process reengineering efforts and change management initiatives for more than a decade. Her work has been published in Buyouts Magazine and at www.vcexperts.com. Ms. Wortman holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Edgewater Technology, Inc. is an innovative technology management consulting firm. We provide a unique blend of specialty IT services by leveraging our proven industry expertise in strategy, technology and enterprise performance management. Headquartered in Wakefield, MA, we go to market by vertical industry and provide our clients with a wide range of business and technology offerings.

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