Project Management Methodology


The Bridgewater State University Information Technology Division has developed a Project Management Methodology as a means of achieving a greater degree of success in its technology projects.  The Project Management Methodology serves as a guide to the organization as it selects its projects, to project teams as they plan the work, to management as they supply the required oversight, and to Sponsors and Customers as they collaborate in the design and delivery.  This methodology is designed to be consistent with the Project Management Institute’s Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).   

The Information Technology Project Management Methodology is designed to provide an organization wide project management capability based on a common language, a practical set of skills, and a robust methodology, with appropriate support tools for maximizing productivity and effectiveness in completing projects successfully, on time, and within budget.  The larger intention of this effort is to develop a standard for project management practices and procedures across all aspects of the institutional technology landscape.  The Project Management Methodology includes documentation, templates, and other tools to assist the project managers and project teams in scoping, planning, and executing projects.  

The Project Management Office is committed to a project process that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that ALL students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome, and included. 


The Project Management Methodology is used to describe a deliberate, structured, and methodical process for Project Management.  The Project Management Methodology has four phases: Initiating, Planning, Executing, and Closing.  Each project phase addresses a specific aspect of the process of managing a project from the initial request through the project closure. 


  •   Project Charter – The Project Team conducts high-level discovery sessions to define the preliminary project goals, scope, roles, costs, and timeline. The Project Charter process delivers a draft Project Charter.  The dates for some project milestones may not be available to the Project Charter during the Initiating Process.   
  • Project Charter Approval – The Project Charter is approved by the PMO (Project Management Office) and the Project Sponsor(s).    

  • Phase Gate - Approval of the Project Charter allows the project to advance to the Planning Phase.  


  • Project Planning - The Project Team conducts detailed level discovery sessions to define the tasks, roles, and schedule producing a draft project plan.  The project deliverables and milestone dates are finalized for inclusion in the project plan. 

  • Project Plan Approval – The Project Team works to gain acceptance of the draft project plan.  Approval of the project plan by the Project Management Office produces the approved project plan.  

  •  Phase Gate - Approval of the Project Plan allows the project to advance to the Executing Phase and the project work to commence.  


  • Project Execution – Project Teams execute the approved project plans. Project Managers provide weekly status updates via project portfolio management to the Project Sponsor, Stakeholders, and Resources.  

  • Project Oversight – The Project Management Office conducts weekly project reviews to ensure project teams are progressing toward completion according to the approved project plan and adhering to Project Management best practices defined in the Project Management Methodology.  The Project Management Office conducts regular Project Oversight Meetings with all project managers to monitor the project portfolio and evaluate interdependencies between projects.   

  • Project Completed – The Project Manager and the PMO conduct closeout readiness review to ensure that all deliverables have been produced and accepted by the Project Sponsor.     

  • Phase Gate - Completion of the closeout readiness review allows the project to proceed to the Closing Phase.  


  • Project Closeout - The Project Manager schedules the Project Closeout Meeting with the Project Team and the Project Sponsor.  The Project Manager produces the Project Closeout Report which assesses project outcomes, team performance, and lessons learned.  The Project Closeout report is approved by the Project Sponsor(s) before the project is closed in project portfolio management.  

  • Phase Gate - Approval of the Project Closeout Report allows the project to formally terminate.  Resources are released and the project is closed in project portfolio management.  

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