Project Maturity Matters
March, 2021 – Guy Thorpe – (3 min read)
Something has been troubling me about Project Management maturity.
It’s not new news that project failure rates have been static for some time & #transformation programme success rates are a paltry 30%.
Unfortunately, low maturity organisations are twice as likely to experience project failures (21%) as those of High Maturity organisations (11%).
It’s also no surprise that maturity matters, what is interesting though is how many orgs respond to growing their project maturity with many opting for:
· More process
· More governance
· More tools or systems
But what is clearly missing in the equation is people. Without capable & confident project people to drive these aspects, they are all simply pixels and paper.
Perhaps better questions orgs could be asking themselves about increasing project maturity would be;
What if we doubled down on building the capability of our teams through coaching, training, and community learning?
How might we make project skills development one of our key orgs metrics for success?
For the betterment of project management, we all benefit from growing the competence & capabilities of people first.