Cutting to the Chase on Organizational Maturity

Jim SloaneJim Sloane is a particularly adept person to provide an executive primer on organizational project management maturity.  There are a multitude of models and approaches for measuring organization maturity and the associated business benefits.  With the increasing number of tools and models available to organizations, it can be challenging to choose the best strategy that will work for YOUR organization.

Jim Sloane is a PMP and teaches others how to prepare for the Project Management Professsional certification.  He was on the Project Management Insititute’s task force to develop the Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3).  He now serves as a assessor for organizations who want to apply OPM3.  He was the driving force behind the PMI Silicon Valley Chapter’s Maturity Forum 2007.  Jim operates as Project Management Explorations.  His mission is to raise the level of personal and organizational maturity in project management.

I asked Jim this year, for the PMI NorCal Symposium 2008, to summarize the models (and possibly some of its tools) available to managers who want to move ahead (or “grow up!”) on their quest to improve project management maturity.  He is tasked to provide a practical, useable primer on organization maturity, the models available, the relative value, and ease of use.  This overview will appeal to executives and project managers alike.

In addition to guidance on using tools such as PMI’s maturity model OPM3, project management methodologies, risk management, and group decision-making at the PMI NorCal Symposium 2008, vendors will be present to demonstrate their applications, training programs, and services as well as answer questions.  Seminal books will be available by the Stanford Book Store for purchase and signing by authors present at the Symposium.  Attendees (and any others who are interested) are encouraged to complete the Maturity Survey, found at the web site, in advance, and then see results at the Symposium from the maturity and leadership surveys and research studies.  These survey results provide important benchmarking data that participants can take back to their organizations and convince others of the need for transformation.

Maturity Forum 2007We enjoin all interested parties to participate in the continuing quest to increase maturity, manage risks, and achieve greater results from their projects.  The blogs I’ve posted over the last week and a half have spotlighted each of the presenters and their content.  Best wishes on all your projects!

Be inspired: be challenged: transform!
Randy Englund, Englund Project Management Consultancy,


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