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Project Management Capability Maturity Model

CMMI Based Capability Maturity Model

PMIS has developed a project management maturity model based upon the SEI capability and maturity concept and best project management practices.

The purpose of the capability maturity model is threefold:

  • to provide organisations with a means of quantitatively assessing the performance and maturity of their project management function;
  • to enable project management bench-marking;
  • to provide a tool for periodically measuring and quantifying improvement.

The results from the model are presented in two main ways:

  • an overall result in terms of stages of maturity against the following 4 level scale, and an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a company’s overall project management function based upon the structure of project management maturity model below, highlighting areas of potential improvement.

Maturity Model Structure

The model is structured to help evaluate the project management maturity of an organisation’s Project Management function under three headings. It is also possible to refine the model to suit specific industry sectors.

  • Organisation, environment and culture.
  • Project Management Process.
  • Project Management Systems and Information.

Capability Assessment

The maturity model is normally used in conjunction with our formal project management assessment tools for a rigorous assessment of your PM function.  Details of which can be found here.  The maturity model also contains a full database of questions by PM process area to be used in a face-to-face (1) assessment.

Maturity Stages

The maturity model also has a matrix with 160 leading indicators covering 16 sub-processes of project management that show where you are in terms of maturity, by sub-process.

Informal Project Management

  • for example: little or no defined project management process; project teams rely on own experience; teams operate on a functional not project basis.

Formal Project Management

  • for example: core process is defined; key roles and responsibilities are clear; teams operate as clear project teams.

Structured Project Management

  • for example: teams are cross functional from the start of projects; teams are collocated..


  • for example:  Sponsors are actively engaged; intelligent KPIs available for all projects; organisation has strategy and clear plan to improve PM process and demonstrate improvement in PM function.

Improvement Roadmap

The 5 stage maturity model can be used to gauge current maturity (across 16 sub-processes of project management) and form the basis of a roadmap  (current state / future state) for a structured improvement programme.

Email today to find out more on how to we can support you with project management capability assessment and development.

Links and References

For more information on CMM, use the links and downloads below.


  1. Face-to-face can be either via Skype for Business or on-site.


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