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The Enhanced Framework provides guidance for future improvements to the IT project management regimes currently found within departments.

The Enhanced Framework defines four overall principles that set the broad parameters within which information technology projects are to be managed.

  • Projects are aligned with and support the business directions
  • Information technology projects are undertaken to achieve successful and economical support of a business function. The project sponsor, leader, and manager, together with the management and major users of the business function, must ensure that the system achieves these goals and delivers the expected benefits.
  • Clear accountabilities are established
  • Information technology projects can be complex undertakings. The responsibilities of all parties must be clearly defined and their delegated authority specified. Problems must be resolved in a timely manner to prevent them from threatening the success of the project and the achievement of the benefits expected from it.
  • Project managers are developed in, and work within, a corporate discipline
  • The project manager is the key for the successful completion of the project and the achievement of the expected benefits. The project manager, therefore, should have the appropriate training, skills and experience to manage the scope and risks of the stated project. There is a need for a corporate approach to the development or acquisition of project managers based on government-wide practices, common tools and methodologies.
  • Project management decisions are based on risk management
  • Typically the government has emphasized meeting the target date of projects, with the result departments have pressed ahead to meet commitments, even where there are indications the project is in difficulty. Risk management, the determination and resolution of all threats to the successful achievement of project objectives, including the benefits identified in the business case, is a primary concern. Projects must be planned, organized and structured to ensure success from their initial organization and planning through design, development and implementation.

Too often attention has been focused on the visible project with its attendant issues, while root causes of the problem has remained hidden within the organization surrounding the project environment. Thus the order and wording of the Principles was chosen with great care. Each forms a part of the foundation for project success upon which the next is built. All are crucial in creating the environment within which a project can be expected to succeed.