Not all organizations can afford a full or certified project maturity assessment, such as PMMM or OPM3. But using elementary quality tools that are easy to learn and may already be in use, any organization can improve its project management maturity. Here's a 5-step example:
- Collect and categorize key issues metrics weekly (e.g., missed requirements, the amount of variance of schedule and budget, resource shortages)
- At the end of a project or project phase, create a Pareto chart to identify the most significant issues
- Find the root causes by creating Ishikawa (fishbone) diagrams and confirming your diagnosis with 5 Whys
- Use the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle to define improvements for the next project or project phase
- Measure results and watch your PM maturity improve
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