Project management maturity can be defined as progress against a predetermined set of business processes, which increases the predictability, repeatability, consistency, and measurability of successful project, program, and portfolio delivery.
A Maturity Assessment is done to determine the organisation’s Project Management Maturity level. This assessment shows the organisation their current state of project management maturity and informs them of the road going forward to get to where they would like to be. The results of the assessment help to establish key focus areas that can be improved going forward, and it also serves as a baseline for future Maturity Assessments.
OPM3® is used for Project, Program, and Portfolio Management (PPPM) Maturity Assessments, addressing all areas of the organisation’s project management maturity.
The improvement element provides information to assist an organization in determining and selecting paths to navigate from its current state of maturity to a more desired state of maturity, should the organisation choose to improve its current state.
An organisation’s successful strategy implementation requires alignment across many operational factors. For example, customer, product, process, and people are all elements that may be considered when measuring strategic alignment. In addition, an organisation should allocate its resources – financial and human – in alignment with strategic objectives.
The results of a Project Management Maturity Assessment are used to develop an improvement road-map for the organisation. This road-map focuses on identifying the project management best practices that are not currently in place and on the initiatives to implement these best practice areas.
Since a Maturity Assessment has a continuous improvement drive, all organisations that perform projects stand to benefit from it. For companies with a relatively low level of project management maturity, the assessment will inform them of areas that can be standardised. For relatively more mature companies, including ones that have previously undergone the Maturity Assessment and that have subsequently initiated relevant interventions, would typically be able to measure and control their project management actions.
Organisations can choose whether they want to undergo the OPM3® Maturity Assessments for portfolio management, program management, project management, or any combination of these domains. A combination of the stages of process improvement i.e. standardize, measure, control, or continuously improve, should also be selected.
The OPM3® Maturity Assessment is performed by interviewing a representative sample of the organisation’s project management community. The assessment collects information from representatives from different areas in the business e.g., executive management, human resources, portfolio management, etc.
Deliverable from an OPM3® Assessment is typically the following:
OPM3® Maturity Assessment Report
- Organisational maturity per section/division authority and management level;
- Overall organisational maturity levels for PPPM; and
- Currently observable best practices.
OPM3® Improvement Framework:
- Best practices gap;
- Roadmap for implementing best practices including possible improvement projects that should be implemented.
- Best practices related to all these elements are evaluated and addressed by OPM3®.