The Maturity Framework

Benchmark 2017 is based on a theoretical framework for corporate planning, the Corporate Planning Maturity Framework.

The Corporate Planning Maturity Framework (CPMF):

Planning processes are difficult to measure. There are no clear KPIs like cycle times, quality or cost measures. This should not be a reason not to evaluate and contiuously improve effectivness and efficiency of these processes.

The CPMF considers planning effective, if planning can accomplish its goals (= the right things are planned). It is efficient, if These goals are reached with the least possible effort (= plan things right).

Planning is not a uni-dimensional task. Very different goals exist for planning itself, and a number of persons and organizational units are involved in it. To assess and evaluate effectiveness and efficiency we therefore analyse planning out of ten different dimensions. On any of these dimensions there are different maturity levels according to best practices and current literature.

  1. We first analyse planning processes by asking structured questions from ten different CPMF dimensions:



2. We evaluate planning processes along different maturity levels and we compare them with best practices:


3. We show each participating company, how its processes are positioned compared to best practices and Benchmark companies.


The own positioning in combination with an evaluation of process maturity provides valuable information on the current status of ones own processes, as well as on possible levers for improvements.