Appendix C: Method and standards commentary

What is the difference between a standard and a method?

In the context of project management:

  • a standard, such as ISO 21500, defines what needs to be done and by whom but not how activities are done;
  • a method, such as PRINCE2®, provides not only a set of activities to be done, together with roles, but also techniques for undertaking these activities.

As such:

  • a standard can be used to help assess the completeness of any method;
  • a method is intended for practical use.

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