Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report
2016 Project Management Benchmark Report
Back for the eleventh year, the 2016 Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People once again provides an independent survey into the lives and careers of Programme and Project Management practitioners in the UK and across the globe.
After 11 years of producing this research and seeing the changes that have happened in the domain, it is hard not to be drawn to the fact that project management is still an exciting and evolving practice. The fact that projects are still failing suggests that even with all the effort and time expended we are still searching for that magic bullet which will ensure we deliver. In some ways you would expect that project management as a profession would now be at the point where it was formalising the investments made in tools, methods and learning, but from this side of the table it feels that the opposite is happening, with fragmentation/disruption being the order of the day.
Not that that is a bad thing, in fact it makes it interesting; it is easy to argue that ‘baby boomer’ organisations such as the IPMA, APM, PMI; with their command and control methods such as Prince2 and the numerous software packages have failed to deliver an acceptable return on investment. So if they don’t sit comfortably, why shouldn’t ‘Generation X & Y’ look for a different way to deliver the goal which is more in touch with their expectations and outlook?
People are the most interesting disruptors, coupled with the plethora of technological advances which enable and facilitate a different world outlook. The world has shrunk, the number of voices grown and the platforms for sharing and developing ideas have become cheaper and more available. Speed and agility, reduced cost, time to market, disruption are all part of the everyday vocabulary. Couple this with a changing demographic in the workplace which has moved from baby boomer domination through GenX and Y to the Millennials and we have a whole new set of attitudes, expectations and approaches to the project management conundrum.
Ultimately, projects are initiated by people, executed by people and the deliverables have an impact on people; I would argue that generally they also fail because of people. So the challenge for all involved in the domain is to engage, educate and enable people in a much more effective way. It is easy to see the agile movement as project managements own ‘Arab Spring’, a kick back from people who do not want command and control that sat so easily with the baby boomers.
The “either or” and “ours is better than yours” arguments are pointless and divisive. Ultimately all voices should be welcome, and the diverse groups should continue to develop their views of ‘best practice’; organisations and the people within should then deploy their ‘own best practice’ taking in the relevant inputs from the many voices.
Enjoy the report and we look forward to your feedback.
"The benchmark report is published every year by Arras People and provides a very useful benchmark for the industry. Once again the content is spectacularly well written, with very interesting statistics presented with some great infographics – these helped me easily understand the complex figures and trends."
"that’s a top piece of analysis as always. I Particularly like the infographics at the end"
"Once again this year the Arras Benchmark report provides one of the most comprehensive summaries of the Project Management domain – excellent document."
Feedback on the Arras People PM Benchmark Report
Of course we think it's great, more importantly so do others. Here is a selection of feedback on the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report.
"Fantastic insight every year into the progress and changes in philosophy of our slowly maturing profession"
"I really love what you guys are doing with the PM Census – a great piece of work. I think the presentation and content is great"
"Arras People have done another outstanding job with this year's report. Some very interesting results. Very much like how some of the contradictions many of us experience out there in the market have been exposed by the stats. Excellent."
"Congratulations to you and your team for producing such an excellent publication. I’ve just perused the digital version and it accurately reflects the state of the PPM practitioner profession in the UK. Let’s just hope things continue to improve after the slow downs of recent years."