The word Methodology is used in several ways.
- Methodology can refer to the science that studies the methods of problem solving. Most sciences have their own specific methodology.
- Methodology is sometimes used synonomously with "method," particularly a complex method or body of methods, rules, and postulates employed by a discipline. Some usage arbiters regard this usage as pretentious and questionable.
- In software engineering and project management, a methodology is a codified set of recommended practices, sometimes accompanied by training materials, formal educational programs, worksheets, and diagramming tools. See software engineering methodology.
- Usage note on the word Methodology
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