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a panel of experts dissects popular notions of measuring project management maturity

At the 1998 Project Leadership Conference in San Francisco, four project management maturity (PMM) experts were interviewed about PMI's ongoing effort to frame an assessment of PMM. Cathy Tonne of Integrated Project Systems spoke about her participation in a study on the financial and organizational benefits of project management, and about the maturity model of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Tom Block discussed how the project office is the anchor in an organization, bringing project management knowledge to other organizations. Richard Bauhaus, manager of Hewlett-Packard's Project Management Initiative, spoke of the difficulty of bringing an organization up to a higher level of maturity by using the SEI model. Edward Farrelly, vice president of product development for ABT Corp., discussed how executive attitudes about project management tend to be results-oriented.
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