Project management is a foundational discipline for organizations of all types and sizes. This is true whether projects are intended to provide customers with goods or services, or intended to deliver improvements within the walls of the organization. As such, many of the challenges facing projects managers, along with the strategies utilized to combat these challenges are evergreen. Over the past few years, I’ve published multiple reports that provide insight into best practices for project management. Here are just a sample of them:
- Minimizing the Cost of Change in Architecture, Engineering, and Consulting: Agile Project Management
- Project Management in Professional Services: Managing People for Profits
- Project Management in Software Development: Taking the Complexity Out of Complex Projects
- Project Management: Putting the Pieces Together
But while many of the strategies that facilitate project management are evergreen, the technologies that are utilized to support them are constantly evolving. This is because increased demand, competition, and customer (internal or external) expectations lead organizations to seek out ways to deliver more innovative products while delivering projects on-time and under budget. The last time I conducted a study on best practices in project management was in late 2012. Technology can change quite substantially in that time. For example, my report Social Project Management: The Whole is Stronger than Its Parts noted that 31% of Best-in-Class organizations had integrated social business practices into project management in comparison to 14% of Laggards. Based on what I’ve seen from the project and project portfolio software vendors, I would guess that those numbers have changed. I want to find out for sure.
This is why I am announcing the launch of my 2014 Project and Portfolio Management Benchmark Survey. I am inviting my blog readers to participate and help me to produce a variety of reports on several project and portfolio management topics. When you do, you will receive first access to the research. If you would like to participate in the survey, please click here. Thank you.
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