Organizational Inputs, Methodologies & Maturity Models

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This subject looks at the various inputs, methodologies and maturity models organizations can use (typically supported by a PMO) to improve the management of their projects and programs.

Topics included in Organizational Inputs, Methodologies & Maturity Models:

- Organizational Inputs
- Methodologies
- Maturity Models
- Useful External Web-links & Resources.


Other related sections of the PMKI:

- PMOs


Organizational Inputs to Project Management

The differences between Organizational Process Assets (OPAs) and Enterprise Environment Factors (EEFs) are discussed in WP 1026 (below).  OPAs are the artifacts and information the organization has acquired that you may, or should, use to assist in the successfully deliver the project. One of the key OPAs should be an effective set of processes and procedures, incorporated into a methodology.

WP: EEF & OPAs. Enterprise Environment Factors and Organizational Process Assets are the overarching framework every project and program has to operate within.

Processes and Procedures

WP: The value of Standard Operating Procedures. Well designed SOPs and workflows allow 'bounded initiative' to be used as an 'agile' management approach.

WP: Process Improvement. Using 'light' and 'lean' concepts to remove inefficiencies and reap the benefits of effective processes.

Blg: Self Correcting Processes. Designing efficient processes so that their use is almost unavoidable.

Art: Processes -v- People. Options for balancing organizational agility with processes to obtain the benefits of both.


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Methodologies for Project and Program Management

Methodologies including: PRINCE2, MSP, Lean, Agile, and other PMBOK based methodologies. Methodologies are typically supported by software - click through to see out comprehensive list of project management tools.

WP: Methodologies. Methodologies define a step-by-step series of processes for delivering projects or any other business outcome and define who, what, how and when things should be done.

Art: Why the PMBOK is not a Methodology. The PMBOK® Guide is a guide to generally accepted good practice; a methodology defines what should be done by who, when and how.

DP: PRINCE2®, the PMBOK® Guide and ISO 21500. AXELOS White Paper outlines similarities and differences these three standards and best practices.

DP: Thoughts on Agile. Agile is a soft product development methodology that requires an adaptive approach to project management.
Click through for a more in-dept discussion on Agile approached to project management
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Maturity Models

Maturity Models including: CMMI, P3M3, and OPM3 (now retired).

Note: The decision to invest in improving organizational maturity and the aspects that are important to achieve is a fundamental decision that has to be mae by the organizations governing body - see more on governance.   

Using a maturity model helps your organization identify and deliver the right projects to advance its strategy and select only the projects that will deliver business results. A well structured model isolates process improvements that add value, while forcing organizations to consider external pressures increasing operational and organizational efficiency.

PP: Modelling Your Maturity, P3M3, CMMI and/or OPM3. These three well defined ‘maturity models’ are internationally available, which is the most appropriate to use?

   

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Useful External Web-links & Resources

Best Management Practice products, UK Government (formally OGC, now Axelos) - the umbrella site dedicated to making access to information quick and easy - https://www.axelos.com/
- ITIL - IT Service Management: https://www.axelos.com/best-practice-solutions/itil
- PRINCE2 - Project Management: https://www.axelos.com/best-practice-solutions/prince2
- MSP - Programme Management: https://www.axelos.com/best-practice-solutions/msp

P3M3 - Portfolio, Programme & Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3)
https://www.axelos.com/best-practice-solutions/p3m3

Method123 - Project Management Templates, Tools, Forms and Processes, including free papers and a free e-book - https://www.method123.com

PROJECT in a box Community Edition - Provides you with official PRINCE2© and DSDM Atern materials built into structured processes, to help keep your practices authentic. It is a fully portable product: Free download from https://www.projectinabox.org.uk

Governmental Project Management Maturity Model - Projects are the main development tool for every government and state. Those which achieve higher level of project management maturity, develop faster, and better meet the needs of their citizens: https://gpm3.eu/

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