The performance of a project life cycle methodology in practice

In a deliberate attempt to shift the analytical focus away from critical examination of the underlying ideological assumptions of project management standards, this paper focuses on the performativity of a specific project life cycle methodology. It examines the differences between the critical school with project management and the science and technology studies (STS) inspired analytical strategy. Then the research methodology is introduced and the methodological consequences of the performative approach are explained. Brief descriptions of Alpha and Xanadu are described to provide an understanding of the case and empirical context on which the analysis rests. Next, the paper describes how Xanadu performs in practice. Through a case study, the article analyzes the effects and usages of the methodology in practice. This paper proposes to think of project methodologies as fluid objects, creating shifting and adaptable relationships between methodology and practice.
member content locked

Become a PMI member to gain access

or Join



Related Content

  • PM Network

    Transform for the Customer member content open

    As executives prioritize digital strategies, they are building in-house IT capabilities to support project execution.

  • PM Network

    Strategic Deficits member content open

    By Ali, Ambreen CIOs know what's needed to deliver value. But those expectations don't jibe with the reality of organizations' strategic capabilities.

  • PM Network

    Disaster averted member content open

    By Swanson, Sandra A. PMI's 2014 Pulse of the Profession article, "The High Cost of Low Performance," has found that more than 40 percent of strategic initiatives fail to meet their goals. By rerouting unclear…

  • Earned value management member content open

    By Heinlein, J. W. | Craig, Christopher | Perotti, John | Pearson, Megan | Wooten, Teressa | Balderson, Lucas Growing pressure on federal budgets creates the strategic imperative to increase the transparency of the performance of agencies' mission-critical investments, as well as heighten their realized…

  • Management of value as PPM driver member content open

    By Abdollahyan, Farhad There is a general consensus in the field of organizational project management (OPM) that programs and projects, whether organized and managed in portfolios or not, are means rather than ends to…