Maturity in Project Management Series: Introduction to Maturity in Project Management


By Russell D. Archibald

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Darci Prado

Minas Gerais, Brazil

Introduction to a SERIES of ARTICLES on Maturity of Organizations in Project Management

This is the first of a series of articles on this important subject. This article provides a general introduction to the topic of measuring project management (PM) maturity, the benefits that this measurement can provide, and identifies some of the models that are being used for that purpose. Subsequent articles in this series with cover these topics:

  • A better explanation of Prado-Project Management Maturity Model
  • Further analysis of PM maturity research results in Brazil,
  • Some real world Brazilian case studies (Brazil Central Bank, Building Construction Industry, Government, others),
  • Results of some Brazilian graduate survey studies (MBA, MSc, PhD) related to PM maturity, and
  • Articles by others reporting on experience in applying PMI’s OPM3, the UK’s P3M3© and PRINCE2 Maturity Model (P2MM), IPMA-Prisma and perhaps others.

Introduction to Maturity in Project Management 

Purpose and Benefits of Measuring PM Maturity in Organizations

Measuring the maturity of an enterprise regarding its program/project management success capabilities has become an important subject. Hundreds of “Project Management Maturity Models” have been developed and used in the past two decades with the objective of measuring the level of project management maturity within all types of enterprises and for most of the many categories of projects. These models range from simple to very complex. The most widely used of these models have been developed primarily for large, complex organizations, and these have become excellent sources of business for specialized consultants. The purposes of these models are to:


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Editor’s note: The Project Management Maturity series of articles by Russell Archibald & Prof Darci Prado is based on their extensive research on this topic in Brazil, the United States and other countries.  Russ is one of the pioneers in the project management field and the originator of the Archibald Project Categorization Model.  Darci is the developer of the Prado Project Management Maturity Model which has been successfully implemented by many organizations in Brazil.  More about this model and related research can be found at http://www.maturityresearch.com/. 

About the Authors 

flag-usa-mexicorussell d archibaldRussell D. Archibald

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Russell D. Archibald: PhD (Hon) ESC-Lille (Fr), MSc (U of Texas) & BS (U of Missouri) Mechanical Engineering, PMP, Fellow PMI and Honorary Fellow APM/IPMA (member of the Board of IPMA/INTERNET 1974-83), held engineering and executive positions in aerospace, petroleum, telecommunications, and automotive industries in the USA, France, Mexico and Venezuela (1948-1982). Russ also had 9 years of active duty as a pilot officer with the U.S. Army Air Corps (1943-46) and as a Senior Pilot and Project Engineer with the U. S. Air Force (1951-58.) Since 1982 he has consulted to companies, agencies and development banks in 16 countries on 4 continents, and has taught project management principles and practices to thousands of managers and specialists around the world. He is co-author (with Shane Archibald) of Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know About Project, Program, and Portfolio Management (2013); author of Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects (3rd Edition 2003), also published in Russian, Italian, and Chinese; other books (in English, Italian, Japanese, and Hungarian); and many papers on project management. Web-site: http://russarchibald.com  E-mail: [email protected]   

flag-brazilDarci-Prado Darci Prado, PhD

Minas Gerais, Brazil 

Darci Prado is a consultant and partner of INDG in Brazil. He is an engineer, with graduate studies in Economical Engineering at UCMG and PhD in Project Management from UNICAMP, Brazil. He has worked for IBM for 25 years and with UFMG Engineering School for 32 years. He holds the IPMA Level B Certification. He was one of the founders of Minas Gerais State and Parana State PMI chapters, and he was member of Board Directors of Minas Gerais State PMI chapter during 1998-2002 and member of the Consulting Board during 2003-2009. He was also the president of IPMA Minas Gerais State chapter during 2006-2008. He is conducting a Project Management maturity research in Brazil, Italy, Spain and Portugal together with Russell Archibald. He is author of nine books on project management and is also author of a methodology, a software application, and a maturity model for project management.  Darci can be contacted at [email protected].