Project Framework is a structure of assumptions, principles and rules that hold together ideas comprising a project. It is used as a foundation for creating, selecting, bringing in and using various methodologies and practices of project management. Project framework identifies how to best manage a given project, in what micro and macro phases to divide the project into, what templates, processes and tasks to use, and what training material and working guidelines are necessary for personnel.
Project framework is a theoretical mechanism for managing project life-cycle. The following key components are included and described:
- Assumptions, principles and rules of management appropriate and relevant to a given project
- Methodology and approach selected for the project
- Phases, stages, processes, tasks, activities, procedures that define the amount of project work
- Templates, forms, documents, files required to support the project
- An outline of project organizational structure, including roles and responsibilities
Project framework is developed and agreed at the very beginning of a project to determine the direction of project management activities. It does not explain how exactly to plan, control and deliver the project. It just forms the general idea of the project management process.