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PPM Maturity - RSM PIMM Model

The maturity model for project portfolio management - PIMM© is designed to help organizations improve their project portfolio management maturity and practices. There are six key areas of portfolio management:

  1. Portfolio Strategic Management
  2. Request Management
  3. Project Selection and Prioritization
  4. Portfolio Performance Management (Business Value Management)
  5. Portfolio Capacity Management
  6. Portfolio Risks Management

The model is aligned with the PPM standard of PMI and its structure is, in part, inspired by the SEI-CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration). The maturity of the organization can be assessed for each key portfolio area on five maturity levels. For each level of maturity, we defined the requirements that the organization must meet to consider having that level of maturity.

The five levels of maturity can be defined as follows:

  1. Initial Process
  2. Standardized and Repeatable Process
  3. Institutionalized Process
  4. Managed Process
  5. Optimizing Process

PPM Maturity Assessment Results

Immediately after the assessment, you will obtain two results:
  1. Your actual portfolio maturity level (from 1 to 5)
  2. Your organizational portfolio management capacity expressed in number of points. In this way, you can situate more precisely your project portfolio maturity compared to the level obtained. You can reach a superior level of maturity without meeting all of the requirements of the previous level. The number of points should tell you the difference (either positive or negative) relative to the median number of points for the obtained level of maturity.   

These evaluation results are used as an input for the production of the following:

  1. Qualitative analysis of the results (analysis of strengths and weaknesses)
  2. Diagnosis of the current practices
  3. Action plan to improve your portfolio management practices.

These three documents cannot be obtained in an automated way; instead, they should be developed by the experienced evaluators who are, at the same time, specialists in portfolio management. In fact, we firmly believe that no automation or software can replace a good analysis and expert judgment supported by relevant and credible data.   

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PPM Maturity Assessment Results

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Organizations, unlike human beings, are not growing in maturity simply by getting older. If they do nothing to improve themselves, their maturity is likely to decrease over time.

You want to evaluate your portfolio management maturity?

Nothing is easier. On the form situated on the Contact page, you indicate that you want to make a maturity assessment of your PPM practices. We will contact you as soon as possible for more information and to schedule the assessment sessions. The time required for assessment as well as the quality of results depend on the level of your preparation (ability to answer questions).

The evaluation can be done remotely (video conferencing) or at your location with our portfolio management specialist. Your first results (level of maturity) will be available immediately after the evaluation sessions.

Why Assess PPM Maturity ?

Help you better understand your current practices and the maturity of the project portfolio management;
 • Indicate the strategic direction around which you should concentrate your efforts to improve your portfolio maturity and your ability to improve your organizational capacity in investment management;
 • Identify and prioritize key processes and practices to work on in the short term in order to improve the portfolio management practices.


Maturity Level Is Not the Most Important Result

In fact, the level of maturity is not the most important result of this evaluation. We have defined five levels of maturity just to give you an indication, on a scale of 1 to 5, of where you are in your portfolio management practices and, also, to facilitate communication of assessment results. It is obviously much more important to know what you haveto do to improve your organizational capacity to better manage your investments.
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