According to Cognitive Project Management research, neither Project Management nor Project Time Management is homogenous or monolithic constructs. To clarify its contrary view that both business models are multi-dimensional, ICS-Research developed an easy-to-remember mental framework, based on the acronym, T.I.M.E, which stands for Technology, Ideology, Methodology, Ecology.

TIMEFractalThe Concept Behind the Cognitive Project Management’s T.I.M.E. Framework

Any discussion of Project Management principles, or Project Management fundamentals, will benefit from this intellectual aid. And this model is valid no matter what level of Project Management one is studying, since Project Management is chiefly a fractal.Thus, whether we are talking about Project Time Management, Project Cost Management, Project Quality Management, or even Project Management itself, these four aspects of a Management model can be discerned, and used to further our understanding of just how any models really work.

Cognitive Project Management’s T.I.M.E. Framework: An Overview

  • Ideology: We start with Ideology, which embraces the values, beliefs, principles, philosophy, goals, strategy, standards, and terminology of a given topic
  • Methodology: This Ideology is then brought to life through Methodologies, which refer to the performance of practices, processes, and procedures that serve to achieve results that are hopefully in concert with the overarching Ideology.
  • Technology: Technologies include the tools, techniques, and other technical ways in which Methodologies are carried out
  • Ecology: To the point,  Ecology provides the operational context by which our Ideology is formed and substantiated. However, the term Ecology requires a little more explanation.

About the Unfamiliar Term, Ecology

According to the Online Dictionary, the term “ecology” refers to “living organisms and the environment in which they exist and function.” Underlying our use of the term Ecology is a belief that a Project is a “living organism.” Most Project Managers would agree that Projects tend to take on a life of their own. From a practical point of view, whatever Ideology we adopt on a given topic, if we wish the resultant Methodologies and Technologies to be ultimately effective, our ideological foundation for those operating systems must be compatible with the operational context (Ecology) in which the Project is intended to exist and function.