chapter  34
Organizational Maturity
ByGary L. Richardson, Brad M. Jackson
Pages 17

This chapter reviews the concept of enterprise level maturity and the underlying attributes of this concept. Translating the level of maturity into a working operational view says that the host organization has many processes that can either help or hinder successful project execution. Assessing the maturity of any organization is a very complex undertaking and can only be done empirically by observing various discrete components within the organization. The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) definition of maturity is considered the classic model. It summarizes by quantitative level the general value of having certain defined processes that collectively represent a layering from low through high maturity. CMM maturity levels are defined as a numeric measure of organizational capability. The correlation for project schedule performance improvement versus organizational maturity is a strong motivator to embrace the maturity concept. Organizational Project Maturity Management formalizes the study, understanding, and application of organizational maturity models for a broad range of organizations.