Project methodologies tend to grow dysfunctional as time goes on. The breadth of their standardization increases until the only person who really knows how to use it is the methodology owner.
Too many templates, too many standards, too many hours required for initial training and training on new templates and standards, and perhaps too many good resources moving on to other employers with a less rigid approach.
To find out if your project management methodology is heading down the wrong path, look for these warning signs:
- You have a full time position dedicated to policing methodology compliance
- Your methodology manages by standard and template instead of by desired outcome and requirements
- Your methodology continues to get bigger over time, and details with little or minor influence on success have never been pared away
- Your projects are taking longer to implement
- Your project sponsors are growing more frustrated with each project you attempt to implement
The methodology should be a guideline, not a noose, for organizational projects – supporting the strategic goals of the organizational ecosystem instead of drowning in a pool of standardization. If you see any of these warning signs, maybe it’s time to hit the reset button.