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Choosing the Right Approach

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When starting a new project, one of the most important decisions you can make is choosing the right project delivery strategy. While the waterfall approach is the standard methodology framework being used in the majority of organizations, most people are not aware that there are several different project delivery strategies: waterfall, iterative, incremental, IID, and its lightweight cousin, agile.


In this 1/2 day or 1-day workshop, participants will learn:

  • the differences between these project approaches including the benefits and risks of each
  • how to choose the best approach for a project
  • how the different approaches fit into typical project governance structures.



This course is intended for individuals involved in programme strategy, project planning, building project business cases, audits, and those involved in governance processes.


There is no prerequisite for this course.


Students will be provided with an in-class workbook containing copies of the presentation materials.

What You Will Learn

Defined vs Empirical Approaches

Lifecycle Models

  • Waterfall
  • Iterative
  • Incremental
  • IID or Agile
  • Lifecycle Model Benefits


Alignment with Levels of Project Change and Complexity

How to Choose the Right Approach for a Project

Numerous Case Studies

Aligning to Corporate Governance Models

course info

Course ID: 7401
Course Level: Beginner
Duration: 1/2 day and 1 day versions

upcoming sessions

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for the 1-day version of this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 1 0 6
PgMP 1 0 6
PfMP 0 0 6
PMI-ACP 1 0 6
PMI-SP 0.5 0 6
PMI-RMP 0.5 0 6
PMI-PBA 0 0 6

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 7 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Scrum Alliance Certifications earn 7 SEUs (Category C1)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 1 RU
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 7 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 7 Learning Credits