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A Practical Guide to Improving PM Maturity

Project management maturity goes hand in hand with schedule and cost performance, project quality and customer satisfaction, according to research. Here is an overview of how to measure your organization’s level of maturity; how to implement step-by-step improvements and validate them; and, finally, what to do if your efforts stall.


Bob Tarne

IBM Software Group

Bob Tarne, PMP, CSM is an accomplished consultant, speaker, and writer. …
Project management maturity is the progressive development of an enterprise-wide project management approach, methodology, strategy and decision-making process. The appropriate level of maturity will vary for each organization based on specific goals, strategies, resource capabilities, scope and needs. Achieving a high level of maturity just for the sake of it is not an effective approach.
 
While there are many models currently available to assess project management maturity, the model that I have used successfully many times over is aligned with the one described in the book Project Management Maturity Model, by J. Kent Crawford (2002). This model follows the Software Engineering …


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