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Project Management Survey 2017

Project Management Survey 2017

Our 2017 report builds on the findings of KPMG’s previous project management surveys in 2010 & 2013, providing specific insight into project and programme management in New Zealand.


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We believe that our report provides a timely ‘wake-up call’ to New Zealand organisations, demonstrating that effective project management is a critical competitive differentiator, and highlighting some approaches through which some New Zealand businesses are out-performing the competition.

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Key findings

  • There has been a continued and significant increase in project activity in the past four years across all sectors.
  • However failure rates are also increasing – with survey results showing that only one-third of projects are delivering the desired outcomes.
  • The type of projects New Zealand organisations are currently focusing on include growth and efficiency initiatives, developing information technology and to support organisational change.
  • However, leading change in the organisation is the most lacking skill in project management professionals today.
  • Only 29% of projects are delivering to budget and only a fifth of projects are consistently delivering on their planned benefits.  These results represent a dramatic waste of resources in NZ businesses.
  • Whilst most projects have active and engaged sponsors, only 10% are seen as providing extremely effective governance activities.

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