Which project management methodology would be best suited for a research project/environment?
A research environment is different in many ways, including, for example:
- Some of the team members are probably not directly working for the PM - they may be professors, students or otherwise members of public institutions, participating in the project without directly working for the PM
- The project doesn't have a well defined end point or set of deliverables ("we think we can get 100 iPhones talking to each other and doing some cool stuff as a result, we'd like to experiment with them")
- There may not be a well defined client for the project until partway through
- There are still the standard problems with allocating funding, resources, and keeping track of dependencies, made more complicated by additional reporting requirements