Taxonomy

A standardised taxonomy has been created for use by all major projects as shown in the table below.  This is open for consultation so please propose any amendments to knowledgehub@majorprojects.org 

1 Project and Programme Management The strategic framework for major projects including the management, leadership, control and risk management of project initiation, delivery and handover.
1.1 Project Initiation and Development Activities required during the start up phase of a project to ensure successful project outcomes
1.1.1 Requirements/ Scope The capture, assessment and justification of stakeholders’ wants and needs.
1.1.2 Business case Justification for undertaking a project or programme including evaluation of the benefit, cost and risk.
1.1.3 Funding/Finance The means by which the capital required to undertake a project, programme or portfolio is secured.  Cost estimation and budget setting.
1.1.4 Governance The policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities that define the establishment, management and control of projects, programmes and portfolios.
1.1.5 Benefits The identification, definition, planning, tracking and realisation of business benefits.
1.2 Delivery/execution strategy Activities required during the delivery phase of the project to deliver the project outputs, outcomes and benefits
1.2.1 Testing & Commissioning
1.3 Handover Handover of the completed project by the project team for takeover by the operational team.
1.3.1 Handover The process of handing over the assets from the project team to the operational team.
1.3.2 Transition The controlled close down of the project organisation at the end of the project.
1.4 Programme Controls Processes for tracking performance against plan and taking the corrective action required to meet the programme objectives.
1.4.1 Cost Control Management of actual and forecast costs against budget
1.4.2 Planning The development, maintainance and communication of schedules for time and resource.
1.4.3 Change management The process through which all requests to change the baseline scope of a project, programme or portfolio are captured, evaluated and then approved, rejected or deferred
1.4.4 Reporting
1.4.5 Commercial Assurance
1.5 Audit and Assurance The process of providing confidence to stakeholders that projects, programmes and portfolios will achieve their scope, time, cost and quality objectives, and realise their benefits.
1.5.1 Performance Assurance
1.5.2 Audit Audit is the critical evaluation of a deliverable, business case or management process.
1.6 Quality Ensuring that outputs, benefits, and the processes by which they are delivered, meet stakeholder requirements and are fit for purpose.
1.7 Sustainability An environmental, social and economically integrated approach to development that meets present needs without compromising the environment for future generations.
1.7.1 Economic Sustainability
1.7.2 Social Sustainability
1.7.3 Environmental Sustainability
1.8 Commercial Management The identification and development of business opportunities and the profitable management of projects and contracts, from inception to completion.
1.9 Leadership The ability to establish vision and direction, to influence and align others towards a common purpose, and to empower and inspire people to achieve success.
1.10 Strategic discussion Thought leadership on key project issues.
1.10.1 Success
1.10.2 Failure
1.11 Risk Management A process that allows individual risk events and overall risk to be understood and managed proactively, optimising success by minimising threats and maximising opportunities.
2 Procurement, Law and supply chain management Tendering, bidding and contracting, legal frameworks such as agreements and dispute resolution on major projects; and management of the supply chain risk.
2.1. Procurement the process by which products and services are acquired from an external provider for incorporation into the project, programme or portfolio.
2.2. Supply chain management Developing and implementing supply chains that are efficient and economical to maximise value.
2.3. Law and Contracts Legal agreements and contracts required in management and delivery of projects.
2.4. Sustainable Procurement Using procurement of products and services to deliver long term social, economic and environmental benefits.
3 Consents and powers Processes associated with achieving authority to initiate and deliver the project such as parliamentary bills, town planning, statutory powers, and environmental and traffic consents.
3.1 Town Planning and Heritage Process of obtaining town planning approval in an urban environment; and the protection of heritage in land, buildings and other structures.
3.2 Traffic and Highways Consents Traffic management measures and consents required around construction sites.
3.3 Environmental consents Statutory consents required as part of the environmental management of the project
3.4 Undertakings and Assurances Undertakings and assurances made during the passage of a Bill through parliament for a major project
3.5 Pre-application consultation Process of public consultation and stakeholder engagement in the lead up to investment decision.
3.6 Authorisations process Process of obtaining authorisation for the project
4 Land and Property Regeneration and development of real estate and public spaces and management of land and estates.
4.1 Land Management and Estates Acquisition of land and property and management of the estate
4.2. Over site development Property development of land above an underground development
4.3. Urban realm Spatial planning of public spaces
4.4 Regeneration Positive impact of projects on the social, economic, physical and environmental wellbeing of an area
5 Health and Safety Management, control and removal of health and safety risks from the work environment as well as management of the wellbeing of people.
5.1 Health and Safety Management System Policies, procedures and tools that collectively define the management of health and safety on a project
5.2 Occupational Health and Wellbeing Management of health and wellbeing at work from strategy to targeted interventions
5.2.1 Air Quality
5.2.2 Mental Health
5.2.3 Fatigue
5.3 Health and Safety improvement The collation and analysis of health and safety performance statistics and development of improvement initiatives
5.3.1 Performance monitoring
5.3.2 Leadership
5.3.3 Behaviour
5.3.4 Reporting
5.4 Health and Safety Assurance Monitoring and assurance of Principal Contractors on a construction project
5.4.1 Audit
5.4.2 CDM
5.4.3 Fire
5.4.4 Emergency services
5.5 Diversity and Inclusion in H&S Ensuring health and safety policies are inclusive of all people including race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and nationality.
5.5.1 H&S Communication
6. Environment Management of environmental factors associated with delivering a project such as noise, air quality, bio-diversity, carbon footprint,
6.1Environmental Requirements The agreed measures to control and manage environmental impacts on the project.
6.2 Environmental Management The policies, procedures and tools for management of environmental impact of a project.
6.2.1 Environmental Management System
6.2.2 Environmental Management Plans
6.2.3 Contract Requirements
6.2.4 Supplier performance
6.2.5 Competencies
6.3 Environmental Air Quality Control of air quality from diesel particulates and dust on and around construction sites
6.3.1 Dust
6.3.2 Diesel Particulates
6.4 Biodiversity Protection of wildlife and natural habitats
6.5 Resource Management Management of construction resources including excavated material, waste and water use.
6.5.1 Waste
6.5.2 Excavated Material
6.5.3 Water
6.5.4 Recycled Content
6.6 Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction in carbon emissions and embodied carbon from construction related activities including the extraction, production and transportation of materials
6.6,1 Climate change
6.6.2 Renewables
6.7 Environmental Design Design considerations to minimise environmental impacts and assessment methodologies to evaluate whole life performance
6.7.1 BREEAM
6.7.2 CEEQUAL
6.8.Environmental Behaviours Behavioural programmes and incentives for managing environmental impacts on projects
6.9 Noise and Vibration Management of noise and vibration impacts during construction
6.9.1 Noise
6.9.2 Vibration
6.10 Archaeology Design, planning, management and disseminating archaeological excavation programmes as a result of construction
7. Engineering Technical design and engineering of major projects
7.1 Civil Design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.
7.1.1 Railway
7.1.2 Geotechnics
7.1.3 Ground Engineering
7.1.4 Bridges
7.2 Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health Design, construction, and maintenance of the mechanical, electrical and public health services in the built environment
7.3 Rail systems Design, construction, and maintenance of railway systems
7.4 Technical assurance and integration Assuring design delivers technical requirements and systems integration
7.5 Architecture Design, construction and maintenance of  buildings and other physical structures.
7.6 Structural Design, construction and maintenance of  built structures
8. Operations Planning for takeover and management of assets on project completion, operation of services, customer experience and concessions.
8.1 Transport operations
8.1.1 Planning a service
8.1.2 Rolling Stock
8.2 Infrastructure Management
8.3 Customer experience
8.4 Concessions management Processes for setting up and managing concessions
8.5 Asset management The operation, maintainance, upgrade, and disposal of an organisation’s assets
9. Talent & Resources People strategy on a major project, values and culture, management of employees, employment and skills of the workforce, and equality and diversity.
9.1 People Strategy Harnessing talent and staff commitment, aligned with strategic objectives
9.1.1 Organisational Development
9.1.2 Diversity and Equality Strategies and interventions to deliver targeted diversity and equality outcomes across major projects
9.2 Culture, Values and Engagement Creating and maintaining the right culture on a project
9.2.1 Employee engagement Engaging and motivating project workforce
9.3 Talent and Development Harnessing and developing talent to deliver the talent pipeline on a project
9.3.1 Talent Management Managing talent and succession over the lifecycle of a major project
9.3.2 Learning & Development Developing staff to ensure they have the skills required to undertake their roles effectively
9.4 Alignment and Collaboration Alignment of objectives and collaborative working to achieve high-performing and effective teams
9.5 Resourcing and People Management Resourcing teams, and improving performance over the project lifecycle
9.5.1 Recruitment and Selection Attracting and recruiting the people and skills to deliver major projects
9.5.2 Organisational Performance Improving the organisational performance and resiliance for major projects
9.6 Employment and Skills Strategies and interventions to deliver skills and employment outcomes
9.7 Youth Strategy Youth engagement strategies to deliver targeted skills and employment outcomes
9.8 Employment Relations Managing supply chain employment relations on major projects
9.9 Equality and Diversity
10. Communications Engagement with and management of communications with stakeholders, communities, media and public affairs.
10.1 Community relations
10.2 Stakeholder Management
10.3 Media relations
10.4 Marketing communications
10.5 Art Managing programmes for the provision and funding by sponsorship of public artworks during the detailed design and development of a project; Developing and maintaining ways to engage with artists to deliver valuable social and cultural benefits.
11. Innovation Innovations and innovation management systems on major projects
11.1 Innovation Programme
11.2 Innovation Archive
12. Digital Information technology and processes used to manage project information
12.1 Project Information Management The collection, storage, dissemination, archiving and destruction of information.
12.2 Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)
12.3 Building Information Management
12.4 Computer Aided Design (CAD)
12.5 Information Applications
12.6 Information Compliance
12.7 Information Technology