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Onemind Improvement Model

5 Steps to Mature Management

The Onemind Improvement Model is a standard which describes the interplay of behaviours, attitudes, practices and mindsets that determine the maturity the maturity level of an organisation when managing its investment portfolio of programmes and projects. The five levels illustrate the key developmental stages of an organisation as it matures.

Level 1 - Appreciation of Management Disciplines

Some people in the organisation start implementing clearer processes and employ management disciplines and techniques. Because of this, some project issues are dealt with more effectively. However there can be a mismatch of language, and tension between projects and functional power-bases. Probably less than 20% of projects will meet time, cost and quality targets.

Level 2 - Relying on Good People

There are now pockets of good practice with effective project-based processes. But there is still a reliance on individuals, usually project executives and project managers. This will result in probably more than 20% of projects meeting time, cost and quality targets. There is some control of benefits, risk and scope but the focus is on managing costs.

Level 3 - Streamlined, Cooperative Working

The organisation now has consistent, centrally-held processes with which staff comply, but can be flexed to suit individual circumstances. There is early prediction of project outcomes and the focus is on streamlining processes. There is now less stress for project staff and senior managers and more tactical freedom for the project team. Most projects now succeed.

Level 4 - Management of Performance

At level 4, senior management make bold and timely decisions which are based on sound consideration of the options, performance criteria, predicted outcomes and performance measures. Delivery is treated as a ‘system’. All projects now succeed, failing projects having been stopped early.

Level 5 - Strategic Interdependence

The ‘system’ is now extended to include the wider objectives of the organisation and its strategic partners, with corresponding options, performance criteria and performance measures. The organisation and its partners are continually learning and ensuring that the processes more consistently produce the intended effects every time. All projects demonstrate continuously that they are on target to achieve the intended results.