Too much emphasis on project management methodology can hurt the performance of projects.
Researchers at Florida Gulf Coast University investigated the relationship between project success and maturity. They have shown that higher project management maturity does not lead to success.
Too much methodology limits the flexibility of project managers. It prevents them from responding to change and adapt to the culture of the organization, a critical success factor.
Everyone agrees that project managers need a minimum of methodology, but what is that minimum exactly?
For smaller projects, a lighter approach is better.
- Yazici, H 2009, 'The role of project management maturity and organizational culture in perceived performance', Project Management Journal, 40, 3, pp. 14-33, Business Source Premier.
- Rodney Turner, Ann Ledwith, John Kelly, Project management in small to medium-sized enterprises: Matching processes to the nature of the firm, International Journal of Project Management, Volume 28, Issue 8, December 2010, Pages 744-755, ISSN 0263-7863.