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Build Your Own?

What if available development or project management methodologies don't fit with your organization's needs? You always have the option of building your own custom methodology. In fact, this strategy offers some distinct advantages; a custom methodology can be built with the following qualities in mind:

  • Flexibility. Providing the ability to make changes easily in application development for each project.
  • Industry-specific and/or organization-specific focus. Tailored for a specific industry—financial services, manufacturing, and so on—and even a specific organization within the industry type.
  • Vendor neutrality. New practices, changes, and delivery models can be implemented and distributed quickly as needed, often to a wide audience through software that the users will likely already have (such as a web browser).
  • Cost-effective. Custom solutions can actually be much cheaper than vendor alternatives.
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