Down, but not out
The numbers are in, and your organization's most recent project management maturity assessment reveals bad news: There's been a decline. This article discusses how project managers should react to the decline. First, it identifies three steps to take to assess the decline. Then it explains how A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) standards should be embedded in the maturity process, and whether it was reviewed and approved by the key stakeholders. The article examines the necessity of determining whether the business objectives changed since the initial assessment or at the start of the decline. It then discusses the assessment process. The article concludes by detailing the problems with benchmarking and overviewing the effect of external influences, noting that there is a strong correlation between an organization's project management maturity and the degree of maturity across the related industry.