California launches new framework for tech projects

The framework offers tools and guidance to help officials keep IT projects on schedule and under budget.

California last week released the first version of its Project Management Framework, designed to shepherd the state’s tech projects from idea to implementation. 

The framework, developed by the state Department of Technology’s Project Management Office, lays out guidance for every stage of a project and offers a selection of tools, templates and other resources that officials can use — like sample plans and checklists. It aims to help project managers with any level of experience launch a tech project while avoiding cost overruns or delays.

The Project Management Lifecycle, or PML, is split into five stages — concept, initiating, planning, executing and closing. It builds on the Project Approval Lifecycle, or PAL, which former Chief Information Officer Carlos Ramos started rolling out in late 2014 to guide IT projects through the concept, initiating and planning portions of the overarching project. In addition to the steps in the PAL, the PML also includes a “system development lifecycle,” which helps officials determine how to continue to develop projects after they launch. 

While the new PML was designed with a focus on information technology, it could be used for other types of large-scale projects, according to the framework’s page on the Department of Technology website.


The framework replaces the state’s previous project management guidance included in the California Project Management Methodology. 

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Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a Staff Reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop. At StateScoop, he covers the information technology issues and events at state and local governments across the nation. In the past, he has covered the United States Postal Service, the White House, Congress, cabinet-level departments and emerging technologies in the unmanned aircraft systems field for FedScoop. Before FedScoop, Jake was a contributing writer for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He has had work published in the Huffington Post and several regional newspapers and websites in Pennsylvania. A northeastern Pennsylvania native, Jake graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP, in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. At IUP, Jake was the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Penn, and the president of the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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