project management surveys and reports

Top Project Management Surveys of 2018

All project management surveys of 2018 have a shared purpose to improve project performance and cut on spending millions of dollars on cumbersome project management practices. Some of them aim to inspire project managers and give them the power to move on with their projects. I hope you’ll find these reports useful in finding your personal way of improving and saving. Here are the gems in my collection I read to catch up with the latest project management trends and highlights.

PMI’s 10th Global Project Management Survey

Every year the Project Management Institute reveals exclusive insights on the state of project management in different countries. Yet, it’s probably the best survey on the project management landscape, packed with various kinds of domain insights. The full stack includes eye-opening statistics on project failure, project management trends, advice for PM practitioners, and key gaps worth filling to improve project performance.

In contrast to other project management surveys, this one provides research highlights by industries. Did you know that manufacturing companies lost more money than other industries because of constantly changing project objectives? Monitor their new upcoming project management surveys here and check out these top six skills for digital project managers, according to PMI.

Wellingtone’s State of Project Management Survey 2018

I personally love this project management report for clear insights they provide about the key challenges project managers face and the most difficult processes to embed, in infographics. In 2018, for example, the researchers noted that the largest project management challenges (again, based on the UK data) are 1) poorly trained project managers, 2) attempting to run too many projects, and 3) a lack of project funding. This project management survey is based on questions and infographics across many strategic areas of project management, so you won’t get lost in the middle of text — only key insights, numbers, and statistics.

Project Management Benchmark Report 2018

Arras People know what they’re talking about, especially when it comes to analyzing the project management climate. The survey sheds light on a breadth of project management topics. Based on the information collected from the UK respondents, the report reveals:

  • recruitment trends in project management
  • numbers on gender impact in the domain
  • current PM education and qualifications trends
  • relevant age profiles of PM practitioners

I recommend this project management survey for experts who’d like to get data that is applicable in the real world. You can download it online for free after registration.

PwC’s Project Success Survey 2018

That’s enough of UK-based reports for today. Because PwC witnesses Belgium as subject to the same trends as the rest of Europe or globally, these guys developed the first project success survey focusing specifically on the Belgian market. It answers a number of project-related questions:

  1. What are the key challenges of getting things right?
  2. What makes a project successful?
  3. Why do projects fail to deliver?
  4. What do organizations do to make projects a success?

In addition, this project management survey provides “PwC’s 12 elements for project success.” Definitely worth reading.

AIPM and KPMG Australian Project Management Survey 2018

We’ve been waiting for this for so long. Finally, there are insights on project failures from Australia, thanks to KPMG. As the researchers admit, it is a collaborative effort of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and KPMG to see how the ground lies and explore current trends in project delivery in Australia. Apart from interesting insights, you’ll see beautiful lions at the beginning of the survey, but soon they will disappear to show you that “there is a significant amount of project activity underway in Australia.” Read the report to investigate the top reasons for starting projects in Australia, the country’s project performance results, and many more pages the experts prepared for us on our way to improvement.

Project Manager Salary Survey 2018

The Digital Project Manager presents the ultimate guide to salaries in the project management profession. In this survey, you’ll find the average project manager salary by role and by country. In 2018, DPM gathered information from around 190 respondents from countries such as USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and Ukraine. The guide also presents statistics from previous years and suggests filling out their new 2019 salary survey.

While you’re here, would you like to upgrade your project manager’s resume?

McKinsey’s Agile Compendium 2018

The report is a closer look at Agile project management in disruptive times based on McKinsey’s in-house research. It’s an umbrella edition of articles that bring light to Agile research, written during the last three years. Agile Compendium is a confluence of Agile trends and topics that will help you blend Agile principles into your work. This guide, as no other project management survey in this list, reveals Agile transformation tips to streamline your project success. You get free access to golden project management insights from the world’s top organizations and key players.

Project Manager Book Survey 2018

Last year, PM Column collected insights from project managers worldwide to share what books they were reading in 2018 to improve their skills or entertain themselves. I interviewed project managers from different countries, such as Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazilia, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, Russia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. While there are many project management books in the list, you’ll also find books with a twist on psychology and self-development.

Anything missing? Share your favorite project management surveys of 2018 in the comments below.

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