Introduction

Projects are critical to the success of any organization. They are the activities that result in new or changed products, services, environments, processes and organizations. Projects increase sales, reduce costs, improve quality and customer satisfaction, enhance the work environment, and result in many other benefits.

As organizations have recognized the criticality of projects to their success, project management has become a focal point of improvement efforts. More and more organizations have embraced project management as a key strategy for remaining competitive in today's highly competitive business environment. Project management centers of excellence (e.g., project management offices), training programs, and organization change programs to improve project management practices are increasingly common parts of strategic plans to improve organizational effectiveness.

Some organizations are just getting started with project management. Others have reached a level of maturity whereby project management has become a way of life. In the leading organizations, project management is aligned with and integrated into the company's business goals and objectives. No longer the sole responsibility of the project manager, top management is taking more responsibility for driving the company's project management strategies.

This book is the result of studying project management efforts in hundreds of organizations. The lessons learned have resulted in a roadmap. A model that identifies the universal phases an organization goes through as project management matures and evolves. The PM Maturity Model allows us to identify what steps must be taken, what deeds must be accomplished, and in what sequence to realize meaningful and measurable results. Project management is no longer a program within the company. It becomes a strategic part of the annual business plan.

Strategic Project Management Using a Project Management Maturity Model provides the reader with a step-by-step strategy for planning, designing, implementing, and improving project management. In addition, the assessment tools that are a part of this book help the reader evaluate where within this maturity model their organization actually fits.

Online Assessment Tool

As a companion to this book, International Institute for Learning, Inc. has established an interactive, self-scoring PM Maturity Model Assessment Tool on our secure website. We would like to invite you to take this online assessment. Your information will be kept strictly confidential. Evaluate the maturity of your organization's project management initiative. See whether or not your implementation of project management is successful. Are the expected benefits being realized? Your results will be instantaneously and automatically scored. And there's a powerful added value to this online tool. It will also allow you to compare your results with others who have taken the assessment. Compare your results with everyone who has taken the assessment, or with other companies of your size, or within your industry. Get a better understanding of how your approach to project management measures up to others. Based on your assessment results, our online PM Maturity Model Assessment Tool will suggest what are the specific actions that must be taken to advance your organization to the next levels of project management maturity.

To participate in this online PM Maturity Model Assessment, please visit our website at: www.iil.com

G. Howland Blackiston Executive Vice President International Institute for Learning

STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT USING A PROJECT MANAGEMENT MATURITY MODEL

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What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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