In this article, the Lazy Leader explains why an understanding of project management process maturity helps organizations to deliver successful business change.

Since this guide covers a lot of ground and is a long read, you may want to check out the table of contents for some quick jumping around.

To stay competitive, businesses must be increasingly able to change. What’s more, the forward progress of any organizations is dependent on the effective management of projects.

Project Management Process Maturity

Many businesses set up a strategic change programme to govern, coordinate and control the process of achieving its ambitions for improvement and transforming the quality of the products and services it provides to customers.

Usually, businesses establish project management processes for managing the project life cycle. These include the development of a business case, project planning, the management of risk, tracking benefits and so on.

Yet, it is my experience that the consistent implementation of effective programme and project management practice across all change projects is not widespread in many organizations. This leads to some difficulties when managing projects.

For example:

  • an inconsistent approach to project management, leading to confusion over the expected benefits from doing the project,
  • insufficiently specified key project roles, resulting in a lack of direction and poor decision-making, and
  • not employing appropriate expertise in projects, resulting in products that are not fit for purpose or incur added cost to correct or replace.
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