Maturity in Project Management Series: Maturity, Success and Competitiveness


By Russell D. Archibald

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Darci Prado

Minas Gerais, Brazil

Warlei Oliveira

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

One issue that has always attracted the attention of professionals involved in project, program, and portfolio management (PPPM) is to be able to quantitatively demonstrate the value of this practice and to see it recognized by organizations. We believe that the Brazilian Experience with PPPM Maturity has brought an important contribution to this issue. Brazil is the seventh largest world economy (according to The World Bank) and has a dynamic community of project and program management, highlighted by the 14 active chapters of the PMI and the national IPMA-Brazil Association. The Brazilian Experience with PPPM Maturity is distinguished by longevity (since 2005), the range of participants (the 2012 survey had 434 participating organizations), by frank acceptance by the PPPM community, by the huge amount of results given, and by the consistency of those results.

1 – The Brazilian PPPM Maturity Experience

In the Brazilian Experience we have several elements which have improved the understanding of the value of PPPM for organizations, namely:

  • A maturity model (Prado-PMMM) launched in 2002 that has been intensively used. This model was described in some detail in our article of March 2014 of the PM World Journal.
  • A proven model of categorization of projects (Archibald – Project Category Model). This model was presented in our article of April 2014 of the PM World Journal.
  • A website launched in 2005 containing:
    • The questionnaire for the evaluation of PPPM maturity within the responding organization. The user receives the result immediately after completing the questionnaire.
    • A second questionnaire to obtain the basic characteristics of the organization being evaluated and its project performance indicators.
    • The results of several previous studies since 2005.
    • Extensive benchmarking information is available online to enable anyone to compare the PM maturity of their organizational departments with similar departments of other organizations, while maintaining complete confidentiality of individual responding organizations.
    • Many other relevant documents.
    • Everything is accessible without cost.
  • A survey of maturity launched in 2005, with the participation of over a hundred volunteers who assisted in creating the site, analyzing the database, charting, document composition, etc.
  • The survey results have remained consistent over the years. Importantly, the research has shown that there is a strong relationship between maturity and success (as further discussed below).
  • A book (in Portuguese) that teaches you how to work with the subject, including how to assemble a Growth Plan.
  • Participation in various conferences to disseminate results.
  • Publication of the results of the research by several authors using various means of communication.
  • Adoption of the model within various consulting organizations and by various educational institutions.


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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.  This month they have added Warlei Oliveira in Brazil to their writing team.  More about this model and related research can be found at http://www.maturityresearch.com/.

About the Authors

russell d archibaldRussell D. Archibaldflag-usa-mexico

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]

To see other works by Russ Archibald, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/russell-d-archibald/ 

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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].

To see other works by Darcy Prado, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/darci-prado-phd/

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil 

Warlei Agnelo de Oliveira, MsC, is a Secretary of Transportation and Public Works Advisor and is currently the Project Manager of the “Belo Horizonte Metro“ re-structuring project. With a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, Warlei also holds a MBA degree in Project Management from FGV and a M.Sc. degree in Business Administration. He is Orange Belt / ILL certified and is currently Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Technologist at Centro Universitário UNA.