Organizational Performance at Risk as Project Managers Are Being Shortchanged By Lack of Professional Development

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to a new study released by ESI

International, the world’s leading project management training

company, project managers are being trained in fewer skills compared to

2012—by as much as 20%. It was found, however, that organizations

committed to applying training on the job and measuring its impact on

job performance deliver projects on-time and to-budget more often than

organizations without training adoption in place.

“The across-the-board decrease in project management training is a

disturbing trend that organizations need to reverse,” said J.

LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, CSM, ESI Executive Vice President. “Not only

is it detrimental to the professional development of project managers,

it has a direct, negative effect on project execution, which impacts an

organization’s bottom line and its ability to satisfy its customers.”

ESI’s latest annual benchmarking study,The

Global State of the PMO: An Analysis for 2013, shows that having

a project or program management office (PMO) tasked with training and

learning sustainment, among other responsibilities, positively affects

training levels and project outcomes. According to the study:

Methodology and Tools Training:

  • In 2013, 62% of workers who report up to a PMO said they receive

    training in using methodology and tools. That is a decrease from 75%

    in 2012.

  • Less than half (47%) of non-PMO managed workers received methodology

    and tool training in 2013, down from 68% in 2012.

Soft Skills Project Training:

  • A very low 30% of PMO-managed workers said they receive soft skills

    training (e.g., leadership, critical thinking, team building)

    down from 41% in 2012.

  • Only 22% of non-PMO managed workers received soft skills training in

    2013, compared with 35% in 2012.

“While these training numbers reveal a decline in project-focused

training, the survey underscores the importance of training and its

direct correlation to project success,” said Ward. The study found that

56% of respondents who are part of PMOs that are active in measuring

training impact and learning sustainment said more than 75% of projects

were delivered on time, to budget, within scope and to customer

expectations. That number plummets to 39% for those whose PMOs are not

active in either.

The Global

State of the PMO annual survey seeks to investigate the evolving

role of the Project/Program Management Office (PMO) in training and

development, its level of maturity and value for the overall business.

This year’s survey also examined the role that Agile plays in the PMO.

The survey was conducted from March to April 2013 with responses from

over 2,300 project management professionals worldwide. Download a copy

of The

Global State of the PMO: An Analysis for 2013.

About ESI International


a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE:INF), is a global project-focused

training company helping people around the world improve the way they

manage projects, contracts, requirements and vendors through innovative

training in project

management, business

analysis and contract

management. In addition to ESI’s more than 100 courses delivered in

more than a dozen languages at hundreds of locations worldwide, ESI

offers several certificate programs through our educational partner, The

George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1981, ESI’s

worldwide headquarters are in Arlington, Va., USA. To date, ESI’s

programs have benefited more than 1.35 million professionals worldwide.

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