Project Management Approaches

Project Management Approaches

Successful projects of any type, involve a variety of moving parts. To stay organized, organizations of nearly every industry implement proven Project Management Approaches for structure and success overall. Webhead is no different, and has utilized these successful approaches for 25 years while also following tech trends and advances.

Let’s take a quick look at two of the most popular approaches used in today’s businesses.

WATERFALL

This approach was developed in the 1970s and follows a sequential, linear model where each phase of the project is a building block for the next.

  1. This approach begins with clear expectations and an iron clad scope at inception
  2. Client approval is required at each phase completion to avoid unexpected outcomes
  3. Scope creep is less common as technical requirements are kept top of mind throughout

AGILE

This approach refers to any process that aligns with the software development manifesto, developed in 2001. Agile follows an iterative process where requirements and expectations are adjusted throughout the project life cycle.

  1. Agile projects can be adaptable to changing needs
  2. Heavy emphasis is placed on constant stakeholder feedback
  3. Clients are able to receive a MVP (Minimum viable product) on the market quickly

Many factors affect which approach is used such as:

Client Preference. Is the customer headstrong on a specific approach for their team?
Project Size. Is the project multi-faceted with many moving sections/departments?
Project Budget. Concrete budgets rarely allow for “wiggle room” and additional work will not be covered.
Time to Market. If a full functioning product is not needed instantly, but a phased approach can be introduced.
Client Availability.  If the client is not available on a consistent basis, relying on constant feedback can prove counterproductive to the project timeline.

It’s also important to remember that variations of approaches is also an approach.  Hybrid approaches can prove beneficial to reach the end goal while accommodating both teams of the project. As with most things, there is not a black and white answer to approaches.  Reviewing the above items allow organizations to determine the best course of action moving forward. Ready to get started? We are always an inquiry away.