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What is a Project Management Framework (or Method)?

A project Management Framework consists of three parts a project lifecycle, a project control cycle and tool and templates to facilitate the execution of the project

Standardised Roles

With is a framework you will often see standardised roles. They often go beyond the typical project manager and sponsor roles and can include organsation specific roles such as project engineer or clerk of works. Inthis way the standard off the shelf approaches are adapted to the needs of a specific organisation.

Project Lifecycle

The project lifecycle, as shown below, provides guidance on the common stages and steps which apply to all projects. The aim is to establish a common framework for the management of projects. They vary in detail from organisation to organisations but critical to the success is the freedom given to those projects managers and senior managers to adapt the stages to suit the size and complexity of the project they are managing. This is because not all stages and steps will be relevant to every project, for example those awarded under a framework contract.

Guidance notes are provides to support each stage in the project lifecycle; typically these include references to key templates and management tools.

Project Control Cycle

The project lifecycle describes what needs to be done at each stage and the project control cycle describes how each stage in planned and managed. Bases on a simple plan, do, check act process the control cycle ensures that each stage has the appropriate plan, controls and corrective actions in place.

The project control cycle acts as a navigation system for the project through the roadmap defined by the lifecycle.

Templates for Key Documents

Simple tools and templates support the implementation of project management within an organisation. Making these relevant to the size, risk and scope of the project is essential to ensure they are effective in supporting the project managers. Using standardised templates can support a common language and processes.

Software Tools

A project management framework will also often mandate corporate project management tools. These can range from planning software such as Microsoft Project to complex ERP system for tracking orders and invoices. The aim of these tools it to support the consistent application of the method across the organisation. Thye also make reporting and project contriol much more effective.


A Project Management Framework supports the implementation of project management within an organisation because:

  1. It supports the development and replication of accepted practice.
  2. Helps communication within the team because of a common language.
  3. Streamlines the use of tools and techniques for key project management processes.
  4. Establishes a consistent approach which aid customers understand the project management processes.
  5. Ensure that focus is maintained on the early stage of the project lifecycle.

Parallel Project Training works with organisations such as The National Trust to implementation of project management frameworks.If you need to create a project management framework then you can follow our 12 easy steps to creating and deploying a project management framework alternatively get in touch as we can guide you through the process.

Another example is the use of the Logical Framework for development projects. This links the overall strategic objective to the project purpose, results and activities, using a clear decision process and assumptions. You can learn read out post on the logical framework approach to project management .

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1 Comment

  1. Marco on 4th September 2011 at 14:45

    Hi Paul,

    regarding your article – for sure interesting – I’d like to add that I’ve bee using a software named ProjectFramework for some time ( to cover what usual PM Softwares don’t, meaning IT Methodology workflow and Project Documents/Deliverable automatic generation (which is the 80% of a Project effort).
    This software enables Project Scope definition, Functional Requirements gathering, Application and Technology Architecture, Data Model, Integration Architecture and Commercial Proposals – Service and Software – definition.
    Every single step may produce automatically a document in MS Word or Excel to be handed out directly to the Customer. Teamworking is available either.
    Have a look at it if you have some time…

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