‘Changes to the objectives’ tops poll as the most common obstacle faced by Project Managers

17 December 2013

In a recent poll by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, nearly half of respondents1 said that ‘changes to the objectives’ is the most common obstacle they have to overcome when delivering a project.

Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, says: “What the poll shows is that project managers constantly have to adjust other aspects dependent on a successful project to ensure they meet the changing demands of the business. This demonstrates how resourceful a project manager needs to be and why hiring someone with the right skills and experience is so important.”

The poll asked the closed question: As a project manager what is the most common obstacle you have to overcome when delivering a project? The answers include: changes to the objectives (46%); time constraints (23%); not enough skilled people (23%); and budget constraints (8%). The Institute supports project professionals throughout their careers, helping them to demonstrate, maintain and develop their competencies and knowledge.

Adam Thilthorpe continues: “As the Chartered Institute for IT, we understand and value the challenges faced by those working in project management. Through our specialist groups and extensive range of certifications we are able to support project managers in achieving their professional goals and career progression. This will be enhanced by the addition of PRINCE2 to our certification portfolio in the new year.”

From January 2014, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, will be delivering the Best Management Practice Portfolio (BMP) by AXELOS - the joint venture between the Cabinet Office and Capita plc. The BMP product set includes ITIL ® and PPM ® (including PRINCE2 ®) portfolio of certifications.

For more information, please visit: www.bcs.org/bmp

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1 The research was carried out online by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. A total of 151 responses were received during the period 13 November to 12 December 2013.

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