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The State of Project Management Annual Survey 2017

The State of Project Management 2018 Annual Report is now available. This is the largest published research of its kind in the UK with over 300 organisations taking part.


Published by Wellingtone with contributing input from Association for Project Management (APM) Project Management Office (PMO) Specific Interest Group (SIG) and the APM Systems Thinking SIG. The survey provides an in-depth insight into the state of project management in the UK.

Although a number of non-salary focused project management surveys are published each year they tend to be either very US-centric or global in perspective. Our UK project management industry is highly developed and deserves special attention.

We invited colleagues from across our project management industry to participate, and they did, in their hundreds so thank you to all those that participated.

The State of Project Management survey asks questions across a number of important topics including; project management maturity, tools & techniques, project success rates and of course PMO maturity.

Although the report highlights the great successes achieved by some it clearly shows there is much work to be done!


More people than ever are dissatisfied with their current level of PPM maturity

  • PMOs are increasing their involvement with training & mentoring PMs

The PPM challenges that have growth the most this year are:

  • Lack of planning skills
  • Inconsistency in approach
  • Lack of project funding

And with only 60% of respondents always or mostly applying a defined PPM methodology or scoping document and similar numbers undertaking risk management, then there is much room for improvement!


Most organisations can benefit from improving their PPM maturity.  Many organisations do not benefit from utilising the best practice PPM tools and techniques as championed by Wellingtone Project Management and the APM.  We hope this report provides the catalyst for you to consider how you can increase your project successes and provides a wakeup call to tackle your biggest challenges.


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