I live in Spokane Washington in the United States of America and from my point of view in the world, Project Management appears to be like a mature middle aged man that is entering puberty. In my city, state and country the project management profession is well established and is maturing quite nicely. Most companies recognize that to grow their business and to keep it vibrant, they need project management and have made great inroads to establish their own project management culture. I am also noticing that as a result of pressures that are put on businesses today, they are recognizing that they need to change the way they do business to stay vibrant. Those pressures are pointing out the pimples on the maturing project management environment.

Maturity vs Agile

To emphasis what I am talking about, I reference a study that Price Waterhouse Coopers performed in 2012 called “Insights and Trends: Current Portfolio, Programme, and Project Management Practices – The third global survey on the current state of project management”. Although this study was not talking strictly about the United States, it reflects what I am seeing locally. In this study some of the key findings were:

  • As many as 97% of respondents agreed that PM is critical to business performance and organizational success, and 94% agreed that PM enables business growth.
  • We found that although PM maturity levels are on the rise, most organisations desire a higher maturity level.
  • The percent of organisations that use established PM methodologies is stable, and employees are obtaining the applicable certifications.
  • We found that 34% of respondents use an Agile PM methodology within their organizations.

In another survey performed recently by the VersionOne company called “8th Annual State of Agile” they highlight the following:

  • 88% of software professionals respondents said their organizations were practicing agile development, which was up from 83% in 2012 and 80% in 2011.
  • On average respondents worked at companies that have been practicing agile for over 5 years, with a rapidly growing number of companies in the 2-5 year range (53% compared to 36% in 2012). Approximately 19% have practiced agile for over 5 years, up from 9% in 2011.

These surveys point out that organizations agree that project management is critical to their business but they recognize that they need to become more mature in their project management practices. At the same time business pressures are causing them to become more agile in their approach and are implementing agile methodologies in increasing numbers.

Outsourcing

Another trend I have noticed which has especially impacted my own career is that of outsourcing. My last two project management gigs have been via contracting or consulting. In fact the organization to which I am currently assigned, outsources near nearly all of their project management work. In fact in our IT organization, 100% of the nearly 25 project managers and project coordinators are contractors.

Summary

I know that this post represents my point of view on project management in my part of the world, but that is the point of this #PMFlashBlog – “Project Management Around the World”. Every day I wake up to a maturing project management environment that seams to be changing to the world and business pressures. I embrace these changes and I kind of enjoy the vibrancy that the maturing project management adolescent brings to my life here in Spokane, Washington, USA.

About “#PMFlashBlog – Project Management Around the World”

This post is part of the second round of the #PMFlashBlog where over 50 project management bloggers will release a post about their view of project management in their part of the world. Beginning with North America then followed by Europe & Australia bloggers will post their view each Monday for several weeks until we have gone around the world.

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PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers

This is a list of the Project Management Bloggers who are participating in #PMFlashBlog Round 2 "Project Management Around the World".

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Adrian Fittolani (@adfit11)
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Program manager, Agilist, Runner, Father, Richmond supporter, Lover, Fighter, Amateur mechanic, Kids sport taxi service. Not necessarily in that order.

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Allen Ruddock (@ARRAPM)
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The people project manager. Passionate about the people side of project & programme management | Project, Programme & PMO Manager | PM Training | Coach

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Angel Berniz (@angelberniz)
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Executive Advisor, Best Practices Expert, Author, Speaker, Influencer.
Helping you become a Trusted and Reputed Professional

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Barry Hodge (@BarryHodge)
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A Project Manager who loves Formula 1 & Plymouth Argyle. I tweet about my passion of #projectmanagement #pmot and the great work my colleagues do @bromford

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Carlos J. Pampliega (@CJPampliega)
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Architect & Project Manager Professional, PMP. Seeking Excellence by Design.

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Cheri Essner, PMP (@CheriEssner)
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Cheri Essner, PMP & founder of http://t.co/vrNFdm2R5W Team building is my passion & I share my experiences of renewing empowerment to take U from Me to We!

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Chris O'Halloran (@strikinggroup)
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Helping small business beat the big boys using project management and Getting Projects Done.

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Dave Garrett (@DaveG253)
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How do you get things done? Can we help? I’m the CEO of projectmanagement.com & projectsatwork.com. Interested in all of the ways that PMs get things done...

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Deanne Earle (@UnlikeBefore)
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Programme, Project & Change management; delivers business value from technology change projects in Medium & Large Co's. Likes Execs & Co's that give a damn.

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Don Kim (@pmation)
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Project solutions realized: PM thinker, writer, educator and practitioner of http://t.co/YiWb5rw6kr

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | EarthPM, LLC (@RichEarthPM)
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At the intersection of Sustainability and Project Management

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Everest Manager (@everestmgr)
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Everest Manager creates Learning Games & Apps about project management & teams

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Francis Hooke MAPM (@QualProjDeliver)
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Quality Project Delivery - Reach your potential - We love helping smaller organisations to become as successful as possible.

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Glen B. Alleman (@galleman)
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Program Planning and Controls leader, Aerospace, Defense, and Federal, Denver Colorado. Started in embedded control systems ended in large Program Management.

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Henny Portman (@HennyPortman)
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PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Hylton Ferreira, PMP (@hylton3103)
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PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Ian Webster (@IanWebster)
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PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Ivan Rivera, PMP (@irivera)
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[ PMP ][ SCPM ][ MATI ]

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PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Jo Ann Sweeney (@commsabilities)
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Communications consultant - helping project teams win the support of their sponsors, snr execs & end users, HIV/AIDS charity trustee, proud NZer in London

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | John Bauer (@jfbauer)
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PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Jon (@publicsectorpm)
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Christian. Husband. Schnauzer walker. Aspiring jogger. Project and programme management geek.

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Jon Whitty (@jon_whitty)
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A University academic who applies evolutionary dynamics and complexity science to anything that has to do with organisations and project management.

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Lindsay Scott (@projectmgmt)
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Enthusiastic PMO bod. Dir of Project Management Recruitment business - Arras People. Co-editor of Handbook of People in PM. PMO flashmobber

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Linky Van Der Merwe (@virtualpm)
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Project Manager|Blogger|Integrated Communication Advisor-Recommended resources for project management http://t.co/IkMcwjRJ Free Reports on SM/Mobile/LocalSearch

PMFlashBlog Round 2 Bloggers | Mark Kenny (@flyingintopm)
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Tweeting about lessons project mgmt can learn from the aviation discipline; project mgmt practitioner, aviation enthusiast, Hippo Solutions President

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