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KPMG advises that NZ businesses need to embrace change

KPMG advises that NZ businesses need to embrace change

Survey shows two-thirds of Kiwi projects fail


Director - Technology Advisory

KPMG in New Zealand


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Advances in technology are rapidly changing the way that companies do business, and as such organisations are finding themselves having to respond faster and be more agile in the way projects are managed. A survey of New Zealand’s private and public sector project management professionals, senior executives and business representatives, released today, looks into the project management profession and shows there is room for improvement.

KPMG’s Project Management Survey 2017 revealed that around two-thirds of projects undertaken in New Zealand are failing. The survey showed only 29 per cent of projects are delivered on budget, 21 per cent of projects are delivering on benefits and 33 per cent meet original goals or business objectives.

Gina Barlow, Director in the Advisory team at KPMG New Zealand says that while the survey results may seem discouraging, they present New Zealand organisations with an opportunity to embrace new ways of working to increase their performance.  

“The survey shows that current project management methods are struggling to provide efficient project delivery, so there is a need for project management to take a big step closer to business strategy and agile project management this year.”

The survey shows that the number and complexity of projects organisations are completing has risen, with 40 per cent of organisations completing more than 30 projects a year.

“We see that organisations have more projects, less time, and change is constant, so ensuring that change management activities are integrated with project management activities is important to achieve desired results and planned business outcomes.

“Interestingly, despite project failure rates 61 per cent of organisations feel project success rates have improved over the last two years, showing a disconnect between how well organisations think they are managing their projects, and reality.”

The survey also highlighted a skills shortage in the project management profession. The survey found the skills project managers were most lacking in included: leading change in the organisation, managing conflict, political smarts, resolving grey issues and communications skills.

“A lack of skilled project managers, an aging workforce (60 per cent of Project Management Institute members are over 40 years old), merging technologies, a lack of training of new talent and existing shortage of skills supply is a concern for organisations and is also contributing the failure results we’ve seen in the survey.

“There is a need for organisations to take a strategic approach to talent management, providing for the future by creating suitable career paths and investing in developing talent to ensure project delivery capabilities do not impact the outcomes from strategic initiatives.

“It is no longer enough to focus on talent hiring and development for those who only have technical project management skills,” says Gina.

For more information contact Gina Barlow
M: 027 495 3337

About KPMG’s Driving Business Performance Survey

KPMG’s annual Project Management Survey is the third New Zealand survey of its kind. Following on the successful surveys in 2010 and 2013. 

The survey explores current trends in programme and project management and provides views on the challenges the project management community faces.

KPMG conducted the nationwide research in January and February 2017, using a 29 question online survey. A team of researchers from TRA, an independent insight agency recorded and analysed answers to multiple-choice and open-ended questions.

To provide a number of different lenses to the survey, KPMG invited not only project management professionals but also senior executives and business representatives involved in the high-level management or governance of projects with a view on portfolio programmes and projects. This year, 188 respondents participated in the survey, providing a solid base of data to analyse. 

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