Over the last year we have heard the term Project Management Maturity and Immaturity used much more often. Often visitors to our stand or on web meetings have whispered it in hushed tones. Though people see it as a guilty secret, in fact it is a very common situation to be in. These people, by realizing their low maturity are at least starting to take the first steps to raising it.
We usually find that their organisation have yet to undertake a formal P3M3 assessment but experience tells them they are immature. Usually these self aware organisations recognize that as they are immature they should be focusing on steps which move them up the lower ranges of the maturity model. Taking an assessment can really help in identifying the steps which will help the most in this growth.
We also unfortunately see too many organisations who exhibit immaturity but fail to recognize it. People from these organisations almost always have grand plans about what they want to achieve. Their most common belief is that complex systems integration and a data heavy solution will make them mature. My many years in the sector is littered with occasions of hearing of these grand schemes failing. The horror stories usually recounted by the poor persons successor, the originator having usually been sacked.
As you are reading a blog on Project Management Maturity I suspect you are in the former group not the latter. You shouldn’t take this for granted though…
Project Management Maturity explained
Our video here introduces you to assessing your maturity using the P3M3 framework. After watching it you can download the Introduction to P3M3 and self assess your project management maturity. Axelos have kindly made the guide free and you can download it here. You will find it won’t take long to do and will arm you for those discussions about how you could be doing things better.
finally, our next blog post will cover three quick wins to help you fly up the project management maturity levels.