Project Life Cycle Framework

The Project Life Cycle Framework leverages Project Management as the overarching process which coordinates the underlying life cycle processes of project funding approval, acquisition and system development. At various stages in the project life cycle, each of the underlying processes may occur and overlap with each other based on a variety of factors including control agency requirements. Project approval and funding must be obtained prior to completion of the acquisition activities and before any activities begin during the system development phases. These life cycle activities, while discrete, are often intertwined due to certain dependencies on each other. The exact timing of these activities will be based on organizational, project, and control agency requirements.

Project Life Cycle Framework


Project Management Life Cycle
The Project Management Life Cycle (PMLC) is the overarching discipline used by the OSI for the acquisition, and maintenance of software intensive systems covering the full range of life cycle activities from initiation to closeout.

  • Initiating
    In the Initiation phase the overall project parameters are defined, the Project Concept Statement and Project Charter are developed and approved to start the project.
  • Planning
    The Planning phase includes all the activities necessary for the project office to acquire the resources needed to establish the project staffing, project infrastructure and stakeholder accountability, along with all the project plans.
  • Executing
    During this phase, the project office executes all of the plans, processes, and procedures summarized and referenced in the Master Project Management Plan with Particular attention to the production and quality of deliverables.
  • Monitoring & Controlling
    This activity occurs during all phases of the project and includes: monitoring of resources, quality, risks and issues, schedule, costs, requirements status, and overall project status.
  • Closing
    The closeout phase includes all the activities necessary for the project office to bring closure to the project effort, either upon system acceptance and transfer to its support organization, or upon system retirement or replacement.

Project Funding Approval Life Cycle
The Project Funding Approval Life Cycle (PFAL) describes the process by which departments receive authorization to undertake an Information Technology Project. The purpose of this process is to establish the business case for the investment of resources in the project and to analyze and justify its costs and benefits. The approach will vary depending upon whether state or federal funding is requested, both of which require the creation of specific project and funding approval documents. Control agency project and funding approval must be received before beginning work on the project or expending any funds.

  • State Funded Projects
    The Feasibility Study Report (FSR) is the mechanism by which state technology projects are approved. A Budget Change Proposal (BCP) must be approved for projects that require a change in current budget year spending authority.
  • State/Federal Funded Projects
    State/Federal project funding authorization includes the development of the state approval documents in addition to the Advance Planning Document (APD) requesting approval for federal financial participation in the project.

Acquisition Life Cycle
The Acquisition Life Cycle (ALC) begins with the decision to acquire a product/service. It includes all the activities necessary for the Project to solicit, evaluate, and award a contract to a vendor for a new/revised system after obtaining approvals and funding for development, implementation, and ongoing operations of the system. The Office of Systems Integration's Acquisition Center has oversight responsibility for the Acquisition Life Cycle.

  • Acquisition Planning
    Planning begins when the need for a product is identified and ends when the Request for Proposal is released. The Project must work with the OSI Acquisition Center to coordinate the release of the RFP.
  • Contracting
    The Contracting phase begins upon release of the RFP. It includes the evaluation of vendor proposals and ends in the selection of a vendor meeting the RFP requirements. The phase ends with execution of the contract.
  • Product Acceptance
    This is the contract management phase. The vendor’s efforts are monitored to ensure compliance with contract requirements and product acceptance criteria. The phase ends when all contract terms are fulfilled.

System Development Life Cycle
The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a framework used in project management that describes the stages involved in a system development project. The SDLC is a structured, integrated approach that is characterized by a sequence of phases in which each phase is incomplete until the appropriate deliverables are produced. This SDLC feature ensures a consistent approach and control throughout the system development project and includes six phases:

  • Requirements Analysis
    The Requirements Analysis phase is focused on understanding and documenting the user’s business needs to a level of sufficient detail to allow for system design.
  • Design
    The Design phase involves the interpretation of the system requirements identified in the analysis phase into a unified system design that describes the characteristics of the system to be built.
  • Development
    In the Development phase, the design specifications are transformed into a complete and integrated system. All system components are validated for compliance to requirements and design.
  • Test
    In the Test phase, the various components of the developed system are integrated and methodically tested to validate that all identified requirements have been satisfied prior to system implementation.
  • Implementation
    In the Implementation phase, the system is installed in the production environment and continues until the production system is operating in accordance with the requirements.
  • Transition to M&O
    During the Transition to Maintenance and Operations (M&O) phase, the production system is operational and the system operations are transitioned to the support organization for routine maintenance and performance monitoring.
  • System Decommission
    In this phase, a System Decommission Plan is planned and executed to terminate contracts, place staff, disposition assets, migrate users (if applicable), dispose/retain records, transition remaining financial management duties, and capture the lessons learned of the project.