National Project Management System

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The National Project Management System has been replaced by Project Navigator effective October 15, 2021. Therefore, this page has been archived and will be taken down in 2024.

The National Project Management System (NPMS) is Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)'s project management framework for real property projects and IT-enabled projects. The NPMS framework defines key principles and provides the directives, roadmaps, deliverables and tools needed to successfully deliver projects on scope, on time and on budget.

PWGSC/PSPC NPMS Model - description below.
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This image describes the NPMS model with 3 stages, 9 phases, control points and deliverables:

Projects are approved based on strategic business needs and investment plan priorities and then tailored based on size, complexity, risk and intended purpose. This framework can also be applied to any other initiative with characteristics similar to a project.

The NPMS has defined different versions for "Full" and "Lite" projects, depending on a project's complexity and risk. Tailored deliverable templates are available for these versions. There is an additional set of directives to address the needs of clients in other government departments. This framework aligns with Government of Canada policies, regulations and procedures.

The NPMS website provides guidance, tools, templates and supporting documents for PSPC management teams, project teams, consultants and other government clients in the Real Property and Business Projects – IT-Enabled streams. The site outlines how to adapt project management concepts, such as those developed by the Project Management Institute, to the PSPC way of doing business within a federal government context. The NPMS is not a substitute for training on project management nor is it a database system for storing, tracking and reporting information on specific projects.

The NPMS is useful to members of senior management who need a quick overview of key principles and to service providers and suppliers who need to know what PSPC and its branches will expect of them.

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