How mature is your PMO? This guide, and PMO Maturity Assessment tool, is a quick and easy way to help you understand the effectiveness of your PMO.
What is PMO maturity?
Traditionally, a project management office (PMO) was a management structure and knowledge repository used to address a specific issue. These came in all forms like, say, the application of standardized project governance processes across all projects in a department or organization. Not much, essentially, has changed.
Once the mission of the PMO is agreed, it’s recommended it should be assessed annually. If significant organizational changes take place – e.g. if your company grows rapidly – the mission should be revisited more regularly. A commitment to improving these templates and processes will result in your PMO evolving, maturing and becoming a driver of strategic business alignment.
There are many benefits to having mature PMO processes in place. According to the Pulse of the Profession survey, which is published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), organizations that align their enterprise-wide PMO to strategy had 38% more projects meet original goals and business intent compared to those who did not. They also had 33% fewer projects deemed failures. These are significant markers.
How to assess PMO maturity
This simple questionnaire will help our consultants determine gaps in your practices and your organization’s current PMO maturity level. The maturity assessment calculator covers five categories:
- Accuracy and timeliness of information
- Tracking and management of benefits
- Resource management
- Management and delivery consistency
- Unplanned costs and issues
There are three statements in the dropdown under each category. Please read them carefully and select the one which best describes the situation in your organization. A PMO maturity score will be generated, based on your selections. The answers will also be used by us to gain an understanding of gaps in your current practices. We can then advise you on steps to improve your processes and add more value to your organization.