PM Methodologies

The landscape of project management methodologies can seem a bit overwhelming.

Whether you have a formal project management certification or you’re learning to become a project manager from experience, there’s an absolute smorgasbord of project methodologies to choose from. And they often come with their own rules, lists, principles, and endless acronyms.




The Waterfall method is a traditional approach to project management. In it, tasks and phases are completed in a linear, sequential manner, and each stage of the project must be completed before the next begins.


Agile project management methodologies usually involve short phases of work with frequent testing, reassessment, and adaptation throughout.


Scrum methods usually split work into short cycles known as “sprints”, which usually last about 1-2 weeks. 


Kanban methodologies work in which tasks are visually represented as they progress through columns on a kanban board


The methodology of scrumban is that instead of deciding which task from the backlog to work on in each sprint at the outset (like you would in a “traditional” scrum framework), scrumban allows teams to continuously “pull” from the backlog based on their capacity (like they would in a kanban framework).