Why do companies have an increased interest in project management in recent times?

Short version

Digital Transformation + Merger & Acquisition both being at high levels of activity. Project Managers are key to minimising risk, and ensuring works are proceeding at a healthy planned pace cross-functionally.

Longer Version

The driver set 1: Merger & Acquisition Activity

  • Reuters: “So far this year, 35,128 deals have been announced, a 24% jump over last year.”
  • "The M&A momentum points to a fundamentally strong market looking ahead. This pace of dealmaking could continue for the next 18-24 months, with new financing solutions and sectors driving activity," said Andrea Guerzoni, global vice chair at Ernst & Young.
  • This increase in activity automatically drivers higher requirements for personnel that can deploy structured integration approaches

The driver set 2: Digital Transformation across industries

With the number 1 investment by ALL businesses being in digital transformation, with the number 1 cause of concern being wasted costs….I see the role of project management being of key interest across ALL industries that are digitally transforming be it:

  • Logistics and retail
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Treasuries
  • Travel
  • Communication
  • Healthcare
  • Gaming
  • Insurance
  • Real estate

If we look at it from the focus of businesses that are engaging in digital (data / software) projects:

  • 7% Transforming to become a technology business
  • 51% to create digital advantage
  • 28% to stay relevant in their industry/keep up with their industry
  • 11% to maintain current infrastructure/capabilities (i.e. keep the lights on)
  • 300% acceleration in digital adoption for core product and business operations between 2018 and 2021
  • 64% citing the need to create new digital capabilities to stay competitive
  • 52% focus on leveraging digital to gain new business as a strategic advantage

Now for some tragic stats

  • 11% of organisations that believe their current business models will be economically viable in 2023
  • 61% of businesses are dissatisfied with their ability to deliver digital projects on time and within budget
  • 70% - 84% of digital transformation projects fail
  • 76% of businesses are concerned by the complexity and risk of projects not being managed well

Primary causes for project failures:

  • Change in organisation priorities
  • Change in project objectives
  • Inaccurate requirements gatherings
  • Poor communication
  • Poorly managed opportunities and risks
  • Inaccurate cost estimates
  • Resource dependency
  • Inaccurate time estimates

Businesses top 3 measures of success are defined against :

  • Tracking whether original goals were met (Project Management)
  • Completing scope within budget (Project Management)
  • Completing on time (Project Management)

Good articles to read:

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  • McKinsey Digital
  • Manchester Digital
  • Deloitte Digital
  • Forbes

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