Project Management Survey – Interesting Findings 2 years in a row

Project Management Survey – Interesting Findings 2 years in a row.

For the second year in a row, I’ve been delivering a 1 day in-house project management course, designed to meet the needs of companies which want to educate and introduce their workforce to what project management is, which templates to use, what makes project succeed or fail, and which hard and soft skills good project managers shall master.

Last year, the audience was mainly IT & Finance people from Germany, UK & Japan. This year, attendees were mainly IT and Finance/Product Development/Operations from UK & Denmark. None of them had any formal project management certification, and their seniority went all the way from junior staff up to CxO level.

The last module of the course, consists of talking about the 50 golden rules of project management, why they are key to any project success, and ask the audience to select the most important one in each of the six categories.

Even though the audience has been very different this year from last year (different companies, different industries, different nationalities), it is interesting to see that there are 4 rules everyone agrees upon, as being the most important ones, when it comes to delivering successful projects:

RULE # 12 – HAVE AGREED DELIVERABLES AND DON’T RUSH THE PLANNING
RULE # 28 – BE CLEAR, SIMPLIFY AND CLARIFY
RULE # 39 – HAVE CLEAR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
RULE # 48 – FREQUENTLY STEP BACK AND ANALYSE YOUR PROJECT

Stay tuned and let see what next year results will be. Will these 4 rules still be at the top?

Vladimir Cordier is a Project/Programme Management professional, who specializes in delivering and rescuing IT, Outsourcing, Operations and Business Change projects for international organizations. He is also the author of “The 50 Golden Rules of Project Management” book.survey picture

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