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Everyone’s a Project Manager (Even if You Don’t Admit It) Results from the 2015 Work Management Survey Report
It's not uncommon for people to tune out the second they hear “project management”
“I'm not a project manager. Why do I care about project management?”
We surveyed 1,464 workers on their productivity, work management, & overall workflow to discover who is actually managing projects. Here are some of our key findings:
EVERYONE’S A PROJECT MANAGER 94% of respondents manage projects, but less than half have "project manager” in their title WORKERS WHO MANAGE PROJECTS: NO NO WORKERS WHO ARE “PROJECT MANAGERS”: No 6% YES NO YES YES Yes 94% Yes 47% No 53%
MOST COMPANIES DON’T USE A STANDARD APPROACH 51% of respondents report that their company doesn’t use a standard project management approach
LESS THAN HALF OF WORKERS ARE HAPPY WITH HOW THEY MANAGE WORK WORKER SATISFACTION WITH PROCESSES: Neutral 22% Happy 44% Unhappy 34% Photo by Jerry Raia - Creative Commons Attribution License https://flic.kr/p/9rSz1P Only 44% of respondents claim they are happy with their company's current work management process
WORKERS TRACK PROJECT STATUS IN A VARIETY OF WAYS • 23% of teams track progress Don't track status at all using project management 4% tools Via face-‐to-‐face discussions • 41% report using a mix of 9% methods (email, shared documents, notes, etc.) Via shared document 10% A mix of all the above 41% PM Guide Via email 13% Via project management tool 23%
MISSING INFORMATION IS A HUGE PAIN POINT FOR WORKERS Top 3 Stressors at Work: Missing information Problems with prioritizing Unrealistic project goals Photo by bottled_void- Creative Commons Attribution License https://flic.kr/p/4mLoa2
STATUS MEETINGS EAT UP TIME How many mee>ngs focus on status updates? None 5% Some 49% All 11% Most 35% Nearly half of all workers report that “all” or “most” meetings are just status updates Photo by Kat - Creative Commons Attribution License https://flic.kr/p/6aGNbC
Overall, it's clear that non-project managers are facing productivity hurdles that are affecting their workplace satisfaction.
It's important to remember that project managers aren't the only ones who need tools to plan projects more efficiently Photo by Orange County Archives- Creative Commons Attribution License https://flic.kr/p/72iYve
By recognizing when there is a need to improve the alignment of your work management process, and then taking action, you can save time & keep your employees happy Photo by tec_estromberg- Creative Commons Attribution License https://flic.kr/p/hWX3qc
Interested in seeing all the results from our survey?