Often I see the terms "framework", "strategy" and "process map" used for a variety of documents that typically aren't neither or are a mix of all three. Here's a quick and easy way to see how they fit together and how to tell them apart:

Framework is the skeleton.
Strategy is the nervous system.
Processes are the musculature.

On their own they are all useless.

  • No or poor Framework: your Strategy cannot stand, your Processes cannot effect any change.
  • No effective and well-defined Strategy: your Framework may break under the pressure your Processes effect. You are, at best, flailing around. Think qwop game.
  • Without effective Processes that are supported by Strategy and Framework: you are unable to achieve any of your stated goals.

If this leaves you wondering what is the brain, think. Think again.

Tags: strategy, framework, processes, enterprise architecture