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Create Your Methodology Based On A Standard Framework - Part 1

Create Your Methodology Based On A Standard Framework - Part 1

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OK. So you have decided that your organization has to improve the way in which it works. You have chosen to implement a methodology as the best way to achieve this goal. And now you ask yourself, where do I start?
OK. So you have decided that your organization has to improve the way in which it works. You have chosen to implement a methodology as the best way to achieve this goal. And now you ask yourself, where do I start?

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Published by: Lucas Rodriguez Cervera on Jul 25, 2007
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Create your methodology based on a standard framework (1)by Lucas Rodrguez Cervera of Nevant
This article, the first of a series of three, gives sometips on designing and implementing a methodology based on astandard framework such as ITIL or PMBoK.OK. So you have decided that your organization has toimprove the way in which it works. You have chosen toimplement a methodology as the best way to achieve thisgoal. And now you ask yourself, where do I start?Whatever the discipline you are trying to model (fromsoftware development to supply chain management), it ishighly probable that a standard framework exists, that canserve as the basis for your own methodology.WHAT IS A STANDARD FRAMEWORK?A standard framework is a set of best practices, normallyexpressed as a set of repeatable processes created by anorganization (a professional association, university, publicadministration, etc...). These frameworks are sometimesreferred to as bodies of knowledge, methodologies, etc...Standard frameworks cannot be applied out of the box. Theyare aimed at a wide spectrum of organizations and thuscannot be detailed to a level at which they are ready touse. In order to have an executable set of processes, aproject has to be undertaken in order to fill the gapbetween the framework best practices and your methodologyexecutable processes. This gap is filled when you havetranslated the best practices into concrete procedures andpolicies that take into account the characteristics of yourorganization and its environment.For example, when the framework says determine which risks
might affect the project and document their characteristics
the methodology can say the project leader registers all
project risks in the risk list and documents itscharacteristics. The methodology also provides a link to
the excel spreadsheet that is used as a template for therisk list, and a description of the project leader role inthe organization (skills needed, minimum experience,etc...)Some of the existing frameworks that can be used as a basefor a methodology are the following:- IT Service Management: ITIL / COBIT / MOF- Project Management: PMBoK / PRINCE2- Software Development: RUP / OPEN Process Framework- etc...ADVANTAGES OF USING A STANDARD FRAMEWORK- You can take advantage of the work made by experiencedprofessionals in the field.- It establishes a standard terminology, that enhances

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