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This doesn’t refer to the Greek messenger god, although communication is indeed critical in project management. Rather, HERMES is the project management method developed by the Swiss Government. Development began in 1970 and the first version was complete in 1975. Revisions were subsequently published and in 2007 certifications became available for project managers and project collaborators. This method discerns between two types of projects—system development for new solutions versus system adaption of purchased solutions. Projects are divided into six phases: Initialization, Pre-analysis, Concept, Realization, Deployment, and Finalization. There are three views in this method—procedures, roles, and results—which describes how things are performed, by whom, and the deliverables. The HERMES Foundation manual can be downloaded for free at To learn more about this methodology, visit