Pulse of the Profession


Pulse of the Profession® is our annual global survey of project, program and portfolio managers charting the major trends in project management.

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Transforming the High Cost of Low Performance

Organizations are making progress. They are experiencing more success with implementing strategic initiatives and for the first time in the last five years of Pulse of the Profession® research, project success rates are rising. More projects are meeting original goals and business intent and being completed within budget. There’s a 20 percent decline in dollars wasted due to project failures.

That’s the finding of our annual global survey of project, program and portfolio managers that charts the major trends in project management.

What Pulse has shown in the past still holds true: when proven practices are implemented, projects are more successful. At the same time, the definition of success is evolving. Traditional measures of scope, time, and cost are no longer sufficient, and the ability of projects to deliver what they set out to do — the expected benefits — is just as important. So, for the first time, when determining project success, we looked at levels of benefits realization maturity in addition to the traditional measures.

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    2017 Pulse of the Profession Overview

    Pulse of the Profession 2017

    Project success rates are rising. Organizations today are wasting an average of US$97 million for every US$1 billion invested — that’s a significant 20 percent decline from last year’s findings.

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  • Elevate Success

    Project performance is moving in the right direction and organizations are getting a boost. Numbers tell the story.

How will you improve business results?

Compared to the 2015 Pulse of the Profession® findings, 2016 results saw more projects failing and significant monetary loss. Organizations wasted US$122 million for every US$1 billion invested due to poor project performance.

We counseled organizations to strengthen the conversation on the benefits of project management and its value as a strategic competency that can reduce risk, cut costs and improve success rates. Throughout the year, we focused on benefits realization: how to gain, deliver and sustain the value that projects deliver.

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    Pulse of the Profession 2016

    Our findings continue to show that when organizations embrace project, program, and portfolio management practices, they have better outcomes. Yet, we see little or no change in some key…

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Taking a Pulse

High performance and project management maturity go hand in hand — but many organizations are still in the slow lane. Numbers tell the story.


Capturing the Value of Project Management

All change in an organization happens through projects and programs — by many different names. By focusing on the fundamentals of developing a project management culture, cultivating talent, and defining processes, organizations will capture the value of project management and gain competitive advantage.

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    Capturing the Value of Project Management

    By PMI Organizations need to return to the basics of project, program and portfolio management. By focusing on developing a culture of project management, cultivating talent and defining processes,…

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The High Cost of Low Performance

Only 9 percent of organizations rated themselves as excellent on successfully executing strategic initiatives to deliver business results. Mature practices in project management bridge the gap between strategy formulation and implementation, enabling organizations to both “run” and “change” the business.”

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    The High Cost of Low Performance 2014

    By PMI There is a gap between strategy formation and its day-to-day implementation. While 88 percent of executives say that strategy implementation is important to their organizations, very few…

In-depth Topic Reports

The Risks of Undervaluing Project Management

When organizations continuously improve at project and program execution, they drive success. But when executives undervalue the benefit of effective project, program and portfolio management — strategic initiative management — they put real dollars at risk.

In-depth Topic Reports

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    The Essential Role of Communications

    By PMI 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.

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    PMO Frameworks

    By PMI This report enables PMOs to benchmark themselves against the most common PMO frameworks and the key practices of each type. The report compares the methods, services and processes used by the…

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    The Impact of PMOs on Strategy Implementation

    By PMI This research identifies key practices of high-performing PMOs that enable them to realize their potential in contributing value to their organizations and to implement strategy more effectively…


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