2017 Brazil’s PM Maturity Research Results



By Darci Prado, Russell Archibald, Manuel Carvalho, Warlei Oliveira and Lara Romano

Brazil and Mexico


The results of the 2017 Brazil PM Maturity Research are now available online at www.maturityresearch.com. This research has been conducted in Brazil since 2005 by Russell Archibald and Darci Prado, with support of several volunteers. In 2017 we had a total of 301 participants involving 6,260 projects. The overall results obtained are:


Maturity: 2.59 (scale from 1 to 5)


Success Index:

  • Total Success: 52%
  • Partial Success: 34%
  • Failure: 14%

Average Delay: 24%

Average Cost overrun: 14%

Average Scope Execution: 74%


Average number of projects: 21

Average duration of each project: 12 months

Among the information presented, some are fundamental to organizations that wish to improve their performance: high performance organizations have almost twice as much total success compared to low performance organizations (see chart below).

And, especially, high performance organizations have a failure rate almost 11 times lower than low performance organizations. So, a strategy that looks at the high performance will allow huge benefits.  Going from a low performance to a high-performance level an organization increases the success rate (or decreases the failure rate). This high performance permit to achieve benefits and reduce overruns and delays, easier and more frequently. Failure rates are equal to more costs, fewer benefits and less clients and stakeholders satisfaction.

Here Brazilian organizations (which answer or not this research), whose indicators pointed to a low performance (56% of the sample), have a significant opportunity to improve their results.


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About the Authors

Darci Prado, PhD



Darci Prado, PhD, is a Partner-Consultant at FALCONI Consultores de Resultado. Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UFMG, postgraduate degree in Economic Engineering from FDC and PhD from UNICAMP. He participated in the establishment of the PMI chapter in Minas Gerais and Paraná, and was a Board member of PMI-MG between1998-2002. He was the president of IPMA-BH Club between 2006 and 2008. Darci is author of 10 project management books. Contact: [email protected]

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Russell D. Archibald



Russell D. Archibald
, PhD (Hon), MScME, BSME, PMP, Fellow PMI and Honorary Fellow APM/IPMA, held engineering and executive positions in the USA, France, Mexico and Venezuela. Since 1982 he has consulted to companies, agencies and development banks in 16 countries on 4 continents. He is co-author of Leading and Managing Innovation, 2013, and author of Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects, 3rd Edition 2003, Web site: www.russarchibald.com

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Warlei Oliveira



Warlei Agnelo de Oliveira,
MsC, is currently Commercial Operations Analyst at Gasmig – Cia. de Gas de Minas Gerais. In recent years he has served as advisor to the Department of Transport and Public Works of Minas Gerais State and Manager of the “Belo Horizonte Metrô” Project. Graduated in Civil Engineering with MBA in Project Management by FGV and Master in Administration. He holds the ILL Orange Belt certification and is currently professor of Engineering Courses at UNA University Center in Belo Horizonte. Email: [email protected]


Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto



Manuel Carvalho da Silva Neto
is Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral and Consultant in the areas of Project Management and Process Management. He holds a MSc degree in Administration from CEPEAD – UFMG and is PMP. He is specialist in Economic Engineering (INEA / EEUFMG) and Financial Administration (FJP) and graduated in Mechanical Engineering (UFMG). He has 49 years of market experience, 43 of which in Projects. He has participated or directed more than 400 large and medium-sized projects in private and state-owned companies and public agencies.

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Lara Mendonça Romano


Lara Mendonça Romano
is a Consultant at FALCONI Consultores de Resultado. Bachelor degree in Food Engineering from UFLA, postgraduate degree in Project Management, holds a MBA degree in Business Management from IETEC and specialization in Finance by INSPER. She is PMP certified and takes part of many projects at public sector and private organizations from different areas at FALCONI Consultores de Resultado.