Project Management Surveys

There are some wonderful blogs, twitter feeds, and other resources in the arena of Project Management & Leadership.  In the past few weeks, I have read a number of these great resources focused on various surveys…salaries, effectiveness of PMOs, etc.  In this post, I am going to try and capture/summarize a few of those posts for you…

Project Management Salaries – In Linda Leung’s blog What’s Your Certification Worth?, she cites an average Certified PMP’s salary is $104,253, which is an increase from 2009 survey respondents.  I took a poll at The PM Source and saw results averaging around $95K.  Granted that poll was started in 2007 and is probably weighted with responses from that point in time of the economy and this profession.  In the April 2010 addition of PMI today, the PMI survey states that 51% of the 34,800 respondents reported an increase in compensation in the past year. (Full report available as a member of PMI)

PMO Effectiveness – Bob Egeland wrote a great blog called April 2010 PMO Effectiveness Survey Results, where he calls out some significant survey results…

  1. 57% of PMOs have been under the leadership of Project Managers primarily focused on running projects vs. leading the PMO.
  2. 66% of responders indicated their PMO didn’t have enough tools, templates, or repeatable processes.
  3. Only 6% indicated they had good training plans for on boarding and continuous development of their PMO resources.
  4. 42% of responders stated their organizations PMOs were effective…58% didn’t believe so!

Project Success – In Jorge Dominguez’s post, The CHAOS Report 2009 on IT Project Failure, he discusses the CHAOS report and lack of full criteria by which they measure success.  Overall, project success was at 16% in 1994 and has grown to 32% success in 2009.  A far way to go, but certainly project success is on the rise.


5 thoughts on “Project Management Surveys

  1. Robert,

    I think the report has been around for so long that it has become the defacto source for all information on IT project failure. I have to admin that for a long time I have not questioned the information until I read others who questioned the report. I wanted to find out more information and I was fortunate thru the power of blogs to learn from others who have similar questions about the report.

    I said this in an other post and I think it is appropriate here: I think the reason for the appeal of the report is the fact that it does two things extremely well.

    It first creates a fear (threat of project failure) and then it offers products and services to reduce the threat.

    According to Robert Cialdini in his book “Yes, 50 Scientifically proven ways to be persuasive”, researchers found that fear can be a powerful tool to influence an audience to take action to reduce the threat. But you have to pair the fear message with a clear, specific, easy-to-follow plan to reduce the threat. That’s key.

    In that sense, the Chaos Report succeeds on both objectives.

    Thank you for giving the opportunity to discuss this topic with you further.

  2. Samad…great links! Thank you for sharing those resources, it was a complete education for me. Maybe it is watching too much American politics, but I am always skeptical of polls, studies, and other ‘reports’ as they are often skewed by accuracy of date, the authors bias, etc. Unfortunately, I fell right into that mix and didn’t really get deep into the report.



  3. Kelly,

    Thank you for sharing this.

    Just add to the entry about the Chaos report, I did an interview with researcher from the University of Amsterdam who refuted the Chaos Report with data.

    The post is called: The “Chaos Report” Myth Busters

    Here is the link:

    You can also find my own view on the Chaos Report findings in this post titled: Let’s say “No” to groupthink and stop quoting the Chaos Report

    Here is the link:

    I would love to hear you thoughts.

    Thank you.

  4. Some folks have teased me about putting the Salary info first….well of course! Actually, I had just finished ready this month’s issue of PMI Today and that was the feature, so I ran with it.

    You will have to get a copy of that issue to see how various countries, years of experience, etc play out for you in more detail.

  5. I like how you have pulled together a few different blogs, saves me time. I drilled down into Jorge’s post on the CHAOS report and completely agree with his point on the limiting criteria of success that has been placed on project success. Projects are becoming more and more complex, budgets are drastically cut, and launch dates are being squeezed down. Often, dates and budgets are being set by Executives that don’t understand the scope, effort, risks, etc that go into the project. Then the Project Manager is left with a ‘failed’ status because they did a great job with reality.

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