With opening day of baseball season right around the corner, it’s a great time of year for obsessing over stats.
After all, the difference between a journeyman (a .250 hitter) and a Hall of Famer (a .300 hitter) is only about one hit per week over the course of a career.
But stats aren’t just for sports.
Stats can mean the difference between a successful project and project failure, with multiple jobs and millions of dollars on the line.
As a project manager, you need to interpret the numbers—budgets, timelines, KPIs—to determine when things are headed in the right direction and when changes need to be made. For example, when is it time to upgrade from free project management software to paid software?
I crawled the internet for up-to-date project management research, and found ten stats to help guide your 2018 strategy.
10 project management statistics for 2018
(Source: PMI Pulse of the Profession 2017)
The takeaway: Avoid project failure by having a project kick-off meeting before doing anything else.
The takeaway: Delays are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you should accept that every project will be behind schedule. Use Gantt charts to stay on schedule as much as possible.
The takeaway: Artificial intelligence is already changing project management, but that doesn’t mean that PM jobs will be replaced by robots. In the 21st century, soft skills—like communication and leadership—will be even more important than hard skills, like using spreadsheets and presentation software.
The takeaway: Project management can be a lucrative career choice. Here are some ways to make even more money as a PM.
(Source: The State of the Project Management Office (PMO) 2016)
The takeaway: A project management office has become a necessity rather than a luxury at high performing organizations. A PMP certificate, on the other hand, is nice to have, but not required.
(Source: Black Duck Software)
The takeaway: You don’t have to pay for project management software. You do need to be aware of the risks, though. Free software often has less features than paid software, and open source solutions can require an experienced IT team to run them.
(Source: Liquid Planner)
The takeaway: Time management, budget management, and communication continue to form the foundation of good project management. Get those things right, and success will follow.
(Source: Liquid Planner)
The takeaway: There’s no magic bullet when it comes to project management methodologies. Rather than rigidly subscribing to Agile or Waterfall, the best project managers continue to study and learn, and use the techniques that work best for their teams, regardless of which school of thought those techniques come from.
The takeaway: More than half of all projects fail because of a breakdown in communications. Whether your teams are all in the same location or on separate continents, as the project manager it’s your responsibility to foster communication. Collaboration and web conferencing tools can make this job easier.
Project management is more than just numbers
It’s fun to look at statistics, but the more important thing is what you do with these numbers. These takeaways can help you refocus your strategy. If you enjoyed this piece, share it on social media (bonus points for mentioning me on Twitter, @CapterraAC!)
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Finally, if you haven’t had your fill of project management statistics, check out these other articles:
- 20 Surprising Project Management Statistics
- 15 Incredible Agile Project Management Statistics for 2018
- The 5 Biggest Project Management Trends Shaping 2018
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