Developing a Global Standard Challenges and Lessons Learned During the OPM3 2nd Edition Update Project


This paper describes the work effort to update the “Organizational Project Management Maturity Model” (OPM3) and publish the second edition of the OPM3 organizational maturity standard. We provide a brief background on the field project management maturity models, and then focus on describing the details of the OPM3 2nd Edition update project, including insights on the project´s goals, how it was organized and how volunteers contributed. We provide feedback to the project management community on the update of a significant organizational maturity standard and note the challenges encountered during the work effort in a large and distributed project staffed by volunteers. Finally we discuss the lessons learned, and reflect on the experience as a whole.

Talk: 22nd IPMA World Congress, Rome, Italy; 11-09-2008 - 11-11-2008; in: “Proceedings of the 22nd IPMA World Congress”, IPMA, (2008)
Thomas Grechenig
Thomas Grechenig
Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.