Illustration of the Relationship of a Project Framework to Project Development Lifecycle


As can be seen from the illustration, the time dimension is "orthogonal" to the dimensions of the framework. All the cells of the framework can change over time. Each stage of a project represents another version of the project framework.

The "to-be" framework can be defined in two general ways: a) as the intended goal or vision for the completion of a project; b) as the actual description of the project at some point in the future. Since project requirements tend to change, the former is more prescriptive but less apt to be realistic; the latter definition is more descriptive and realistic, but it offers no guidance during the project development phase. Therefore, it is probably better to consider the 'to-be' framework as a vision of the best option or alternative for the final project. This vision can become more realistic as it converges on the project completion milestone.