The Praxis Framework. First released in May 2014.
2 The basics
Praxis is the first best practice framework to integrate projects, programmes and portfolios in a single guide and is also the first to be made available free of charge on the World Wide Web. It contains five main sections: a body of knowledge; a methodology, a competency framework, a capability maturity model and an encyclopaedia of tools and techniques.
Praxis is the first guide to fully integrate these five areas so that organisations do not have to incur the costs of integrating multiple guides that use different taxonomies and variable terminologies.
For organizational implementation of project, programme and portfolio management (P3M), Praxis provides additional resources, including a free 360O capability maturity assessment tool, a comparative glossary for translating between all the major guides, templates, free on-line books and an indexed portal to additional free content on the web.
Praxis integrates knowledge and method to provide life cycle processes and the functions needed to implement them. Its complementary competency framework and capability maturity model ensure that both knowledge and method are applied at both the individual and organisational level.
By making the framework freely available on the World Wide Web, Praxis is demystifying the P3M discipline and detaching it from heavily copyrighted brands and their corporate marketing. Every page on the web site has a comments feature and a ‘contact us’ tab that enables all practitioners to contribute to the evolution of the framework.
The structure of Praxis will be familiar to users of existing guides. The knowledge section adheres to the format and principles of the APM Body of Knowledge, the process model combines the principles of PRINCE2® and MSP® into a single approach to project and programmes, and the capability maturity model is based on CMMI-Dev. The difference is Praxis applies all these principles using a single taxonomy and terminology.
The inherent flexibility of the framework also allows other models to be introduced, such as the ISO21500 life cycle processes that are very similar to the PMBoK® Guide from PMI®.
4 Target audience
Project managers, programme managers, portfolio managers, PMO managers, sponsors, team members and senior management involved in decision-making activities in the P3M environment.
Praxis is generic and flexible so that it can be used in any industry, organization, geography or culture.
By bringing the five sections of a successful P3M implementation together in a single framework, it greatly reduces the time required to set up consistent and robust organisational practices. The integral 360O capability maturity process ensures that improvement starts on day one by supporting project and programme managers in their day-to-day implementation of best practice principles.
Praxis is not a static source of information. Industry experts regularly contribute additional material that is cross referenced within the framework. Links to curated free content from around the web are regularly updated.
The framework can easily be tailored and in one example, the web site provides an explanation of how to use Praxis to support an ISO21500 compatible implementation.
Praxis is currently available in English, French, Spanish and Italian. Chinese is in preparation and other languages will follow.
6 Relevant websites
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