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Research into any profession is the key to uncovering trends and understanding how to improve results. The following project management research reports, grouped by topic, have been published by Procept Associates Ltd. or third parties. Click on the buttons to download or view the reports.
 

Change Management

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: Enabling Organizational Change through Strategic Initiatives
by Project Management Institute

Successful implementation of strategic initiatives is critical for organizations to enable sustainable change. Those that are highly effective at change management demonstrate three practices that improve performance and give them a competitive advantage.

 


Communications

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: The High Cost of Low Performance — The Essential Role of Communications
by Project Management Institute

According to 55 percent of project managers, effective communication to all stakeholders is the most critical success factor in project management. Get the hard numbers behind this soft skill.

 


Complexity

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: Navigating Complexity
by Project Management Institute

As organizations act within a challenging and changing environment, their strategies — and the projects to implement them — are becoming more complex. Budgets on average are larger and so are the funds at risk. Uncover the three strategic competencies that high-performing organizations exhibit.

 


Decision Making

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: Capturing the Value of Project Management through Decision Making
by Project Management Institute

Poor decisions have negative consequences to both outcomes and the bottom line. However, when organizations approach decision making with discipline, 79 percent more projects meet original goals and intent, 110 percent more are completed within budget, and 128 percent more are completed on schedule.

 


Knowledge Transfer

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: Capturing the Value of Project Management through Knowledge Transfer
by Project Management Institute

When organizations value knowledge transfer and implement good practices to support it, they improve project outcomes substantially — by nearly 35 percent. Although specific practices vary among organizations, the most effective organizations report adhering to a five-step method for identifying, capturing, sharing, applying and assessing knowledge.

 


Organizational Agility

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: Capturing the Value of Project Management through Organizational Agility
by Project Management Institute

When organizations create a culture of agility enabling projects and programs — their most strategic initiatives — to be completed ever-faster and more efficiently, they are better positioned to thrive in uncertain economic conditions. Organizations can accomplish this by establishing a framework around strategy, culture, leadership, people, and process.

 


Portfolio Management

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: Portfolio Management
by Project Management Institute

Portfolio management improves efficiency, increases ROI and decreases risk. Here’s a look at how organizations can improve their own portfolio practices through three broad best practices.

 


Project Management Office (PMO)

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: The Impact of PMOs on Strategy Implementation
by Project Management Institute

By supporting the implementation of strategic programs, PMOs can play a crucial role in delivering organizational value. To do so, PMOs must themselves become more strategic and focus on value delivery.

 

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: PMO Frameworks
by Project Management Institute

Benchmark your PMO against the most common types including areas of responsibility and focus.

 


The PM Profession

PMI's Industry Growth Forecast: Project Management Between 2010 + 2020
by Project Management Institute

Through 2020, 1.57 million new project management jobs will be created every year around the world. Professionals and job-seekers with project management skills are in a prime position to benefit.

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: The Competitive Advantage of Effective Talent Management
by Project Management Institute

High-performing organizations are more successful because they emphasize strategy, improve efficiency and — perhaps most tellingly — cultivate talent resources that embrace these practices to deliver successful programs and projects.

 


Requirements Management

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: Requirements Management — A Core Competency for Project and Program Success
by Project Management Institute

Organizations waste US$51 million for every US$1 billion spent on projects and programs due to poor requirements management.

By changing their culture to one that values effective requirements management — and has the people and processes to support it — organizations can slow the trend towards failed projects and lost revenue.

 


Sponsor Engagement

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: Executive Sponsor Engagement — Top Driver of Project and Program Success
by Project Management Institute

Effective executive sponsorship is critical to the success of an organization’s strategic initiatives, and active engagement by executive sponsors is the top driver of project and program success. Yet sponsors are assigned to fewer than two-thirds of projects. This situation results in significant losses for organizations, but there are some simple solutions.

 


The Value of Project Management

PMI's Pulse of the Profession: Capturing the Value of Project Management (2015)
by Project Management Institute

2015 Pulse reveals that organizations benefit by returning to the basics of project, program and portfolio management. By focusing on the fundamental aspects of developing a culture of project management, cultivating talent and defining processes, organizations will capture value and gain competitive advantage.