A PMP Project Manager’s Best Friend

by MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

PM DiamondApril… the Diamond month…. And as the cliché goes… A diamond is a girl’s best friend….  But we believe PM Diamond Dynamics is a Project Manager’s best friend!

A Diamond is the optimized or purest state of the element, carbon. The diamond is treasured for its value and admired for its brilliance.

PM Diamond Dynamics provides the strategic maturity model to optimize enterprise elements and capabilities in project, program and portfolio management-(PM).  It promotes and facilitates effective implementation of PM best practices, critical PMO-functions and PM professional development to establish and sustain PM-excellence.

PM Diamond Dynamics integrates the four facets of the Performance Diamond Model with the five levels of the Project/Program/Portfolio Management Maturity Model (P3M3®), to provide a structured, adaptable and successful implementation strategy for optimum PM-performance.

The Performance Diamond model defines the four critical elements to optimize individual performance and organizational results:


Imparting the concepts, skills and techniques for the required performance behaviors and expectations


Establishing the methods and procedures, to effectively apply the required concepts, skills and techniques


Implementing templates and/or software to consistently and efficiently perform required processes


Facilitating professional development through deliberate project/program assignments to enhance experience and promote expertise.

Addressing the elements of the Performance Diamond, the organization or enterprise will:

  • Ensure associates are aware of the enterprise vision and mission
  • Engage associates in attaining goals and strategic initiatives
  • Create an environment and culture that facilitates, supports and recognizes winning teams
  • Enable effective leadership and promote professionalism


PM Diamond Dynamics integrates the four critical performance elements with the following stages or levels of P3M3 [Project/Program/Portfolio Management Maturity Model]:

  • Ad-Hoc   (Level-1)

Processes that are informal, not documented, ill-defined or inconsistently deployed

  • Planned  (Level-2):

Implementation of standard methods and procedures, formal training, and consistent deployment practices.

  • Managed (Level-3):

Disciplined and enforced application of processes, controls and technologies or tools.

  • Integrated (Level-4):

Collaborative management of projects and programs, complemented by professional development programs

  • Sustained (Level-5):

Quality assurance processes and quality control procedures to ensure all processes and functions are consistent with industry standards and best practices; and are effectively deployed throughout the organization or enterprise.

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