Headlines: January 28th, 2005

More than three-quarters of project managers haven no confidence in the ability of the Government to deliver a large project, like biometric identity cards, on time and to budget. That is one of the main findings of research carried out for the Business Performance & Project Management event due to take place in London in early March.The study also shows that 67 per cent of managers feel the widespread coverage in the media of high profile project failures is not an unfair portrayal of the reality.

The respondents’ scepticism is not surprising set against with results in their own organisations. Almost two thirds said that their organisation’s projects generally over run and 11 per cent said that projects generally failed to deliver the expected results. Only six per cent of projects were reported to run on time and to budget and just 22 per cent delivered the expected benefits.

Asked about the areas of project management that it was most important to improve, half those taking part in the study identified increasing support from senior management, 44 per cent wanted improved stakeholder management and 39 per cent pointed to the need to improve communication skills. The factor seen as most important in affecting the success or otherwise of a project was the development of clear objectives and goals.

The survey was conducted among past visitors to the BPPM events. It looked at a number of the issues that are important to project managers today. The BPPM is designed for all business professionals seeking to optimise performance through more effective use of project and programme management. The event at Olympia on March 2nd and 3rd will include an exhibition featuring more than 50 training and resource management solutions. There will also be a seminar programme hosted by some of the industry’s key figures.

Liz Wood, BPPM Portfolio Director, said project failure continued to be a huge issue across the private and public sectors and the event was designed to offer visitors access to a wealth of software, services, training and techniques to help project managers to tackle these challenges.