Knowledge Assessment And Improvement

It may be helpful for the user to think of OPM3 as consisting of three interlocking elements: Knowledge, Assessment, and Improvement. In the Knowledge element, the user becomes proficient in the Standard, to be comfortable with the body of Best Practices knowledge it contains, with the idea of organizational project management, with organizational project management maturity, and with the concepts and methodology of OPM3. In the Assessment element, the organization is compared to the Standard to determine its current location on a continuum of organizational project management maturity. In the Improvement element, organizations that decide to move ahead with change initiatives leading to increased maturity can use the results of the Assessment as a basis for planning, and move forward to implement the plan.

The following diagram (Figure 2-1) shows the interlocking nature of these three elements, along with the essential concept behind each element. This diagram is closely related to Figure 6-1 in Chapter 6, which shows the elements in the more detailed context of the actual Steps in the OPM3 Cycle.

Organizational project management, its maturity, relevant Best Practices, and how to use the Model

Sequence for ► developing Capabilities aggregating to Best Practices

Organizational project management, its maturity, relevant Best Practices, and how to use the Model

Sequence for ► developing Capabilities aggregating to Best Practices

Methods for evaluating Best Practices and Capabilities

Figure 2-1: Elements of the OPM3 Standard: Knowledge, Assessment, Improvement

Methods for evaluating Best Practices and Capabilities

Figure 2-1: Elements of the OPM3 Standard: Knowledge, Assessment, Improvement

2.3 INTRODUCTION TO OPM3 STEPS

A detailed presentation of the steps involved in applying the Standard is given in Chapter 6. However, users should be familiar with these steps in a general way as they proceed to review the Standard. The steps relate to the Knowledge, Assessment, and Improvement concepts in the following way:

Knowledge

Step One: Prepare for Assessment. The first step is for the organization to prepare for the process of assessing its organizational project management maturity in relation to the Model. This involves understanding the contents of the Model as thoroughly as possible, becoming familiar with organizational project management and with the operation of OPM3. Contents of the Standard include the narrative text, with Appendices and Glossary, the Self-Assessment tool, and the three OPM3 Directories containing detailed data on the Best Practices.

Opm3 Model
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