Trends from the 80'S - Where are they Now & Where are they Going?

In 1988 PSA project undertook a survey to understand the relationship between the implementation of project management methodologies and the success of project delivery. PSA received over 350 responses from across nearly 100 different organisations. The groups represented included banks, councils, airlines, armed forces, transport, government, engineer, architects and utilities, their responses providing a unique insight into the world of Project Management at the time.

What the survey clearly showed was that 84% of respondents that had implemented Project Management methodologies, including time and cost planning, monitoring progress and regular communication, had received improved results on the delivery of their projects. Interestingly at the time the biggest trend to emerge from the 1988 survey was the concept of computerisation!  How things have changed since the late 80’s!.

In our community of practice today in 2017 we are experiencing the prevalence of sustainability, resilience and the need to deliver greater benefits and value through a program (of projects) aligned to strategies. We are seeing this globally as the next movement of best practice, and are reaching out to the community of practice and organisations, to see where organisations are currently at with these changes and what improvements may be required for them to progress even further.

A new online survey will be released soon and we are inviting all to participate and share this with their colleagues. If you would like to discuss this further please comment on our blog, send an email or we would be more than happy to take your call

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