Results of 2014 Brazilian Project Management Maturity Research Announced



World’s leading P/PM maturity research program based in Brazil and led by Darci Prado and Russell Archibald releases 2014 results and reports

3 March 2015 – Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil – The results of the 2014 Brazil PM Maturity Research are now available on the website http://www.maturityresearch.com/. This research has been conducted in Brazil since 2005 by Russell Archibald and Darci Prado, with support of several volunteers. In 2014 they had a total of 415 participants involving 7,885 projects. The overall results obtained are:

MATURITY: 2.64 (scale from 1 to 5)


Success Index:

  • Total Success: 56.0%
  • Partial Success: 34.0%
  • Failure: 10.0%

Average Delay: 27%

Average Cost overrun: 17%

Average Scope Execution: 77%


Average number of projects: 19

Average duration of each project: 14 months

Average cost of each portfolio: US$ 0,8 billon

In the figure below, the reader will notice that the higher the maturity, the higher the level of overall success. Or, as shown in documents available on http://www.maturityresearch.com/, you may find that the higher the maturity, the higher the scope execution, the lower the delay and smaller the cost overrun. Also, the greater the maturity, the greater the perception that best practices of project management brings better results.


This year an extended number of reports are provided in order to help a reader find the report that is closest to his/her work. The reports are available free on the site http://www.maturityresearch.com/ and include:

    1. Global
    2. Government
    3. Benchmarking
    4. Minas Gerais State
    5. São Paulo State
    6. Project category: Organizational Changes and Operational Results Improvement.
    7. Project category: Construction (facilities)
    8. Project category: Information Technology (software) – Private Organizations.
    9. Project category: New Product and Service Development

The Global Report, that is divided into three parts, is contained in the following three presentations prepared by Darci Prado, Warlei Oliveira and Lara Romano:

A – Performance Indicators – click here

B – Participants – click here

C – Governance – click here

Warning: the charts show numbers that use the brazilian-portuguese standards. So, we have that 18,6% means, in English standards, 18.6% and US$1.350.000 means US$1,350,000

The researchers:

150303-pmwj32-2014-results-IMAGE2Russell 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]

150303-pmwj32-2014-results-IMAGE3Darci Prado is a consultant and partner of FALCONI (ex-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 of PMI 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].

Darci and Russ are supported by a team of volunteers, researchers and authors in Brazil. Learn more at http://www.maturityresearch.com/.

If your organization is interested in participating in this P/PM Maturity research, no matter where located in the world, contact [email protected]