Adding focus to improvement efforts with PM3
This article describes an internal project undertaken by the Ontario, California software and consulting firm, Micro-Frame, to build a 'lessons learned' database as a reference for their implementation personnel. The team decomposed project management and the management of projects into eight major sections, and the sections into 51 categories. After discovering a similarity between the structure of their evolving database and the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model (CMM), the team restructured and trademarked their database as the Project Management Maturity Model, or PM3.This model is described in some detail, with its five levels of maturity: 1) ad hoc, 2) abbreviated, 3) organized, 4) managed, and 5) adaptive. The model provides a guide which organizations can use to gain control of project management, and simultaneously evolve their process, systems, and culture.