PMI’S 2017 PULSE
OF THE PROFESSION®
Project performance is moving in the right direction—and organizations are getting a boost,
according to PMI’s 2017 Pulse of the Profession®.
For the first time since 2011, more projects are meeting their original goals
and business intent and being completed within budget.
up from 53
percent in 2016.
Project management maturity has paved the way for
More organizations are incorporating agile and
71% of organizations
take agile approaches
to projects sometimes
or more frequently—up
from 68 percent in 2016.
32% of organizations
consider technical and
leadership skills a high
priority—up 3 percent
Amount organizations waste due to poor
project performance for every $1 billion
invested. That’s a 20 percent improvement
from the $122 million wasted in 2016.
69% of projects
meet their original
goals and business
intent—up from 62
percent in the 2016
of projects have actively engaged
executive sponsors—up from 59
percent in 2016.
of organizations report high
project management maturity.
More organizations are discovering the value of project
management offices (PMOs).
of organizations have
a PMO—up from
68 percent in 2016
and 61 percent in 2007.
But there’s still a confidence gap between project leaders
and the C-suite.
of PMO directors say their organizations
fully understand the value of project
of executive leaders say their
organizations fully understand the
value of project management.
38% more projects meet their original goals and
business intent at organizations with an enterprise-wide
PMO highly aligned with organizational strategy.
33% fewer projects fail at organizations with a
highly aligned enterprise-wide PMO.
*Figures are U. S. dollar amounts, but represent a
percentage that applies to any currency.