On July 15, PMI presented the finding of their four year, $3M study looking to see if project management added value. You can see their presentation here: PMI Presentation
Their results reminded me of Churchill's quote about democracy:
Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried. — Winston Churchill
PM is messy, imperfect and immature, but what are the alternatives? I give Dr. Janice Thomas and Mr Mark Mullaly credit for presenting as objective of a report as they could. PMI gave them a lot of money to say that PM adds value. Reality is messy and that is really what their study found.
Consider that they looked at 65 companies in different industries, countries and organization structures. They looked at private, public, government and sole proprietorships. What insights do government findings offer to sole proprietorships? Equally, PM in office construction bears little resemblance to PM in software development. They also found that culture and context in China bear much resemblance to that in the US. All of these affect outcomes.
To me, what they did was the equivalent of asking 65 different groups of people who grow vegetables to comment on the value of water and fertilizer. I'm not sure what conclusions you could draw looking at my mother's tomato plants in Wisconsin, hog farms in Canada or government farming cooperatives in China.
I'll save researchers $3M and emphatically state that the empirical evidence shows that fertilizer is valuable.
That's pretty much what I think PMI found. Any thoughts?
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