Project management methodologies
The most common approaches used are Agile at 37% and PRINCE2 at 42%.Only 19% describe the methodology used as ‘repeatable’ or ‘optimised’, showing that while a methodology may be in place it is at a low level of maturity in most organisations. Only 40% of organisations use formal training to develop project management skills and maturity.
32% of organisations are not implementing change management or business readiness activities as part of their project. This can lead to ineffective delivery of project outcomes because key stakeholders are not brought along the journey of the project resulting in difficult and lengthy transitions to business as usual when the project is completed.
Leadership and governance
52% of projects are managed through loose, informal controls with heavy dependence on informal relationships which seems to provide flexibility – however, it often leads to unrecorded decisions, siloed decision making and poor project governance.
The most common concern identified in governance is a change in leadership and the broader organisational impact. However, an organisation-wide standard and methodology for project management should mitigate this by providing consistent ways of working, coupled with a clear purpose which any changes should align to.