Enterprise Project Management Maturity
By Noland Eidsmoe
The road to Project Management maturity is becoming well understood and accepted in
the industry, but not so with Enterprise Project Management maturity. Enterprise Project
Management (EPM) maturity is more concerned with the maturity of managing project
management with its organizational and cultural development aspects. Exhibit 1 shows
the levels of Enterprise Project Management maturity within an organization.
Exhibit 1. Seventeen measures of Enterprise Project Management Maturity.
Sustained High Performance
High-Level Project Management Maturity
Project Manager Certification Program
PMO Enterprise Authority
Advanced Project Managment Concepts
Enterprise Project Management Council
Project Management Methods and Standards
Project Management Training Program
Resource Management Tools, Processes, and Training
Project Charge Back System
EPM Tools, Processes, and Training
Organizational Change Management Program
Project Management Maturity Baselined
No EPM Project Planning/Low Level Project Management Maturity
Level 1 of EPM maturity is characterized by the lack of Project Management maturity
within the organization.
Level 2 of EPM maturity is characterized by the recognition of the need for an EPM
program and by the implementation of many of the basic EPM components.
1. Executive Sponsorship. Without strong executive management support, a sustained
EPM program is not possible because of the level of investment and organizational
culture change required.
2. PMO Chartered. A successful EPM program cannot be implemented and sustained
without a PMO organization (or Project Office). The PMO acts as the project manager of
the EPM implementation and as the manager of the program once established.