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SWEN 603 Spring 2017 Week 6 Short Paper – Evolutionary Project Management Project management methodologies, not to be confused with the software development life cycle (SDLC), come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on the project manager, project team, and the actual project at hand, there are various appropriate project management methods available to use. An effective yet lesser known methodology is the Evolutionary Project Management method, abbreviated as Evo. With its many unique principles, Evo can be particularly advantageous, with some drawbacks here and there. And when implemented properly, is a very efficient way to manage several different project types and teams. It is important to keep in mind that project management is a separate entity entirely from the SDLC. While the SDLC is a framework for the development of software/systems, project management “is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to meet project requirements through planning, organizing, measuring, controlling and reporting upon resources,” (Williams, 2014, para. 4). With similar verbiage and overlapping phases, it can be easy to confuse the two, as seen in Figure 1. Figure 1. PM vs. SDLC (Williams, 2014) Project management methodology essentially consists of four main stages: initiation, planning, execution, and closing. This can be considered a waterfall model of project management. A more agile and adaptive method, on the other hand, is Evo. Pioneered by Thomas Gilb in the 1960’s, Evo has a long-standing reputation as an effective iterative and incremental development (IID) method for both software and other large-scale projects alike (Larman, 2004). Here, however, is where the lines may become especially blurred between project management and the SDLC, as Evo is a project management method that is designed to yield software or other
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