In times of crisis invest in maturity: results of an assessment in Iceland.

Ingason, Helgi, Dalcher, Darren and Jonasson, Haukur (2010) In times of crisis invest in maturity: results of an assessment in Iceland. In: 24th IPMA World Congress, November 1-3, Istanbul, Turkey. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


Following the collapse of the banking system in October 2008, Iceland has faced numerous challenges. Major
changes are being made to some of the foundations of the society, for instance the banking sector, but questions
have been raised on further basic changes in government and ministries, e.g. merging of ministries and official
institutions, in order to increase efficiency, reduce cost and increase the capability of the government to deal with
the present and future emerging situations. But given the new impetus on increasing efficiency, what is the status of
project management maturity within the ministries? In order to foster effective improvement, there is a need to gain
an understanding of the current state and capabilities. The project management maturity of Icelandic ministries was
assessed in a simple way by looking at five of the twelve ministries in detail. The average maturity score of all the
studied ministries is only 1,3 out of five. There would therefore seem to be a potential for considerable improvement
in project efficiency and project results within the ministries. The paper argues that rather than cutting projects, the
current focus needs to shift to creating and establishing capabilities that will underpin and sustain future
improvement. Project management is central to economic recovery and developing the right balance of capabilities
will deliver improvement in the long run and play a key part in delivering a new and improved future. In doing so it
will also rehabilitate the profession and its reputation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer and Communications Engineering
Item ID: 7214
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Depositing User: Prof Darren Dalcher
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2011 07:53
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:22

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