Based on Measuring Project Management Maturity

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In the article “Measuring Project Management Maturity,” the authors discuss the Project Management Maturity Model (PMMM). How can PMMM be used to make the development and maintenance of computer information systems more productive and/or efficient?According to Sawaya and Trapanese (2004), the Project Management Maturity Model (PMMM) provide users with a metric to gauge their progress with regard to 5 specific levels of maturity for organizations:1. Initial2. Managed3. Defined4. Quantitatively Managed5. OptimizingThe model sets standards for companies to follow and stages for them to attain, while honing their project management skills. Starting with Level 2, organizations begin taking PM seriously and realize its impact on the success of the project and the mitigation of risks to the organization. Sawaya and Trapanese (2004) tell us once Level 4 is attained, it’s “addictive,” which shows a certain drive to attain Level 5 eventually. By using the PMMM to focus your project and stay on target, you’re proving your commitment to the project and its success.

Used properly, this will make any project more productive and efficient. According to the authors, the PMMM will lead you to: decrease company risks; work smarter, not harder; have a clear vision of the plan, the goal, and the strategy; have a leg up on your competition, and in the end, please your customers. In terms of the development and maintenance of computer information systems, this will mean standing out in the sea of companies offering computer information systems development and maintenance. Instead of wasting time at the project’s start mulling around, waiting for tasking or direction, the PM can grab the team, use the PMMM as a guide, and have everything laid out for the team to get started. This will show potential pitfalls and keep the focus of the project in sight for the whole team,