Project Management Maturity

Project Management

The Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPMMM) covers the systematic management of projects, programs, and portfolios in alignment with the achievement of strategic goals. OPMMM offers the key to Organizational Project Management (OPM) with three interlocking elements:

  1. Knowledge – Learn about Organizational Project Management (OPM) Best Practices.
  2. Assessment – Evaluate the organization’s current capabilities and identify areas in need of improvement.
  3. Improvement – Use the completed assessment to map out the steps needed to achieve performance improvement goals.


Five Levels of OPMMM:



Figure 1: Project Management Maturity Model (Simplified)


How do we raise our organization’s level of maturity?

Below are some simple steps that your company can take to improve project management, improve profitability, and reduce risk:


Common Characteristics of Level 1: Inconsistent use of project management, few people interested in project management and no serious commitment by the organization to recognize the importance of project management.

Level 1 organizations should take the following steps:

  • Provide training in project management and hire certified project managers
  • Support the use of project management terminology in projects
  • Encourage the use of various project management tools, templates, checklists, and forms


Common Characteristics of Level 2: An understanding of the benefits of project management, support to project management across various levels, and a defined process and methodology for managing projects.

Level 2 organizations should take the following steps:

  • Develop a support for project management throughout the organization
  • Recognize the long term benefits of project management
  • Choose one of the project management methodologies and then ensure the defined process is replicated in all projects.


Common Characteristics of Level 3: Integrated processes, whole-hearted support by the organization to the singular project management methodology, and less paperwork for rigid policies and procedures.

Level 3 organizations should take the following steps:

  • Integrate all processes into a universally accepted project management methodology
  • Develop a sense of shared responsibility for the principles of project management


Common Characteristics of Level 4: Existence of a project management office (PMO) dedicated to improving processes and performance of both quantitative and qualitative benchmarking.

Level 4 organizations should take the following steps:

  • Create a culture of benchmarking within the organization
  • Set up a project management benchmarking process as utilized in Six Sigma BPI projects.
  • Understand the benefits of benchmarking


Common Characteristics of Level 5: Creation of lessons learned after each project and application of lessons learned from previous projects into subsequent projects.

Level 5 organizations should take the following steps:

  • Formalized post project review process
  • Implementation of lessons learned

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