What is a Project Management Framework?

Written by Paul Naybour on . Posted in Project Management Articles

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

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.

Template and Tools

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.


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. To find out how we can help your organisation deliver significant improvement in project delivery capability please contact us or visit our corporate training pages.

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Paul Naybour

Paul Naybour is the Business Development Director of Parallel Project Training. He has been a project management consultant for 9 years and experience managing project management development programmes for many clients small and large Paul's Google Profile

Comments (2)

  • Marco


    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 (http://www.projectframework.com) 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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