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Introduction of PM Maturity

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Kerzner (2003) outlines the following definition for maturity:

“Maturity in project management is the implementation of a standard methodology and accompanying processes such that there exists a high like hood of repeated successes.”

On the other hand, Kwak and Ibbs (2002) define project management maturity as the sophistication level of an organisation’s current project management practices and processes.

Furthermore, Schlichter (1999) suggests that maturity in terms of project management, relates to capabilities of producing repeatable success in project management.

Moreover, Project Management Institute (OPM3, 2003) states that organisational project management maturity as the degree to which an organisation practices organisational project management.

In addition, Bolles (2002) uses the term project management maturity level as the organisation’s current level of project management knowledge and skills.

According to PMSolutions (2007), 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.

Why Organisational Maturity

Just as individuals benefit from achieving personal maturity, organizations benefit from organizational maturity.  Organizational maturity enables an organization to:

  • Translate organizational strategy into success
  • Drive business improvement
  • Gain competitive edge
  • Provide a roadmap for strategic improvement
  • Allow to look into the organization’s strength and weakness
  • Assess organization’s project management against agreed criteria
  • Set realistic targets for improvement
  • Measure progress towards enhanced capability
  • Identify the links between needs and real education requirements


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