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Prosperus Report 2013, The African Edition: Project Maturity vs. Project Outcomes in Africa

Despite the fact that projects are indispensable for economic development, and that corporate and national strategies are implemented by way of projects, the success rate of projects remains dubious.

Project management maturity of organisation is normally measured on a 5-point scale that rangers from level 1(little or no formal process) to level 5 (optimized processes; measured and continually improved upon).

The Prosperous report 2008 described the results of an extensive survey that determined the organisational project management maturity in South Africa IT organisation, as well as the success of the related IT projects. This report builds on this prior work and investigates not only organisations that preform IT projects but a much wider spectrum of industries. Furthermore, responses were obtained from most African countries as well.

A total 0f 1068 responses were obtained, representing 1263 projects of which 1010 were implemented in South Africa, 162 from SADC region (123 from South Africa’s direct neighbours). Of the South African projects, 59, 1% were from the ICT industry and 33, 5% from Construction and Engineering (Civil engineering; excluding mining, manufacturing, utilities, petro-chemical and transport).

Project management maturity of organisations was analysed per industry and per knowledge area. Perceived project success was determined and an attempt made to correlate it with maturity statistics.

Some salient results

The project management maturity of merely 8, 6% of organisations were perceived to be at Level 5 and 20, 4% at Level 4. The majority of organisations (31, 1%) were at Level 3 while the maturity of Level of 28, 8% of organisations were rated Level 2. It is clear that most African countries other than South Africa have difficulty achieving maturity levels of 3 and above.

The analysis indicated that 55% of projects were perceived to be successful. This compares very favourably with the 18% success rate of IT projects indicated in the Prosperus 2008. There are some more indications that larger projects are more likely than their smaller counterpart to be rated as "Successful” or "Challenged” (as opposed to "Failure”).

No significant correlation that indicates that the outcome of a project depends on the maturity level of the organisation was established.


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