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Frameworks: Why have them?

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Frameworks have been established that cover many disciplines including architecture, process, governance, change, skills,and maturity.

Having frequently been asked when working , perhaps not overtly,  “why bother using  a framework?”:- the implication being that they only add unnecessary overheads. 

When confronted with this it has been worthwhile discussing the attributes of a framework and why they provide value.

Frameworks provide:

  • Context within which conversations can be had.
  • Vocabulary enabling individuals to communicate without ambiguity or misunderstanding.
  • Scope enabling gaps or opportunities to be highlighted

The application of a framework within the enterprise, often with an accompanying methodology can 

  • improve the decision making capability of the enterprise
  • enable activity to focus on what is truly important.
  • reduce waste and redundancy
  • ensure adequate controls are in place.

Frameworks, rather than being an overhead can be an integral component of the successful enterprise. 

The application of frameworks can save time and money and improve overall quality.

 Framework examples:

  • TOGAF (Architecture) – https://www.opengroup.org/faqs-about-togaf-standard-version-92
  • PCF (Process Classification) – https://www.apqc.org/
  • CMMI (Capability Maturity) – https://cmmiinstitute.com/cmmi
  • COBIT (Alignment and Governance) –http://www.isaca.org/cobit
  • ADKAR (Change Management) – https://www.prosci.com/adkar
  • SFIA (Skills) – https://www.sfia-online.org/en/framework/sfia-7

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