Total Cost Management (TCM) Framework
An Integrated Approach to Project, Program, and Portfolio Management

TCM Framework

Total Cost Management (TCM) is a systematic approach to managing cost throughout the life cycle of any enterprise, program, facility, project, product or service. The TCM Framework: An Integrated Approach to Portfolio, Program and Project Management is a structured, annotated process map that for the first time explains each practice area of the cost engineering field in the context of its relationship to the other practice areas including allied professions.

AACE members can access for free two ways:

Online: This enhanced online edition of the TCM Framework incorporates additional key AACE resources such as recommended practices (RPs). In each section of the TCM Framework, there will be links to RPs that are applicable to that particular section. RPs provide additional detail that supplement key TCM concepts and processes. The online version is a living document that will change each time a new or revised RP is published.

The Online TCM Framework is a membership exclusive benefit!

Digital Download:
Click on the digital download to access the PDF version of the TCM Framework. It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of the Online version, but you can have it downloaded to your mobile device to access when you are unable to view the Online TCM Framework.

Nonmembers can purchase the digital download version.

Nonmembers can go here to purchase the digital download version of the TCM Framework.

Looking for a hardcopy of the TCM Framework?

Bound paperback copies are available through print on demand from Amazon.

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"AACE has a vital role in the cost management of projects. I believe giving road maps and necessary steps to monitor and control cost of projects are key aspects of AACE."

- Muhammad Iqbal
Project Controls
Willbros Canada
Calgary, AB, Canada