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The State of Project Management Research

The State of Project Management Research

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The State of Project Management Research2022-04-27T04:26:27+01:00

Project & work management is ever-changing, through disruptive technology and evolving processes. What is the current state across industry? What is the future direction? These are the themes we explore in The State of Project Management Report, published annually. Although the report highlights the great successes achieved by some it clearly shows there is much work to be done and importantly, considers what the future might hold. We know most organisations can benefit from improving their PPM maturity and many do not benefit from best practice PPM tools and techniques.

We collate the data, look for themes and share the intelligence with you.

Research and Report Approach

Published by Wellingtone, The State of Project Management Report provides an in-depth insight into project management both in the UK and internationally. The conversation has also moved on, you might have noticed that we now talk about “Work Management”, not just “Project Management”. A significant portion of work takes place in informal teams and our lens needs to extend beyond those involved in “corporate” projects of scale, but consider teams lead by subject matter experts or “occasional” PMs. This brings us to consider how we work, not just how we run projects.

The State of Project Management Report asks questions across a number of important topics including; project management maturity, tools & techniques, project success rates and PMO maturity. We invite colleagues from across industry to participate, and they do, in their hundreds. Participants complete detailed questionnaires in Q4 with research data being analysed and published early in Q1 the following year. As always we are very grateful to all those that contribute.

We hope The State of Project Management Report provides the catalyst for you to consider how you can increase your project successes and provides a wake-up call to tackle your biggest project, portfolio and work management challenges. Please feel free to share this report with colleagues and quote the data with suitable referencing. Do contact us if you have any questions.

The State of Project Management 2021 Annual Report

The State of Project Management 2021 Annual Report

Now in its sixth year, our annual Report is invaluable reading for anyone looking beyond their own organisation or wanting to make a step-change in PPM maturity. Work takes many forms and now many locations. It is becoming more project-centric, whether this is organised around formal or informal teams.

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The PPM challenges that have growth the most this year are:

  • One-third of respondents cited being satisfied with the current level of project maturity in their organisation

  • 47% stated projects were mostly or always run by professional project managers

  • Participants report the three most difficult PPM processes to embed are:

    • Benefits Management
    • Resource Management
    • Project prioritisation

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