Project management methodology: Can too much hurt?

Putting too much emphasis on project management methodology instead of on organizational culture can actually hurt the performance of projects 

A study by Hulya Julie Yazici from Florida Gulf Coast University has shown that there is no correlation between the maturity of organization’s project management methodology level of maturity and their success rate.

Everyone agrees that a minimum of methodology is required to complete projects successfully, but what is that minimum exactly?

Too much methodology limits the flexibility of project managers and prevent them from responding to change and adapt to the culture of the organization, a critical success factor.

It seems that for smaller projects, a lighter better 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.


Posted on October 17, 2013 and filed under MNMAL.