Do you want to know the fastest way to start a fight at a project management convention? It is easy. All you have to do is jump on the stage and ask the audience: “Which project approach is the best?”
I guarantee that everyone in the convention will give you a different answer. Even those that agree on the top-level approach will argue for different variations. For example, with iterative, some will say Agile and others will say Extreme.
The problem is, this causes people to become entrenched in their own beliefs.
They believe that their approach is the best way. This belief is then reinforced by other members of the project team. With everyone working within the same approach on all their projects, they believe it is the best way. Everyone on the project team believes the same and reinforces each other.
In my experience, all projects are unique. So an approach that works for one project may not be the best approach for the another project. It is far better to be able to change the approach to suit the project.
Sticking to only one approach will slow down project delivery. For example, if your project was to build a house, an iterative approach to using cement is not a good idea. Likewise, if your project was to design a webpage, an iterative approach would work well.
To me, it’s like Game of Thrones, with each approach being like one of the Great Houses. And within each of the houses, there is infighting where each one tries to come out on top.
With Game of Thrones’ penultimate season finale on everyone’s minds, here is how I would say each project management approach lines up with the Great Houses:
This is a guest post that I wrote for Workfront. You can read the rest of it here.