Top 7 Trends From Our Big Project Management Survey: What Did 2020 Change?
How did 2020 change the work of teams according to project managers worldwide? At the end of last year, we asked more than a hundred project managers around the world how their work had changed due to the Covid-related events. Maybe you were one of them!
Even if not, in this article you will most probably find answers to questions similar to the ones you asked yourself last year. Come and see the top 7 thoughts and results we picked for you!
What were we curious about
Home office, team discipline, rapid budget changes, redundancies and recruitment, a transition to more efficient project management software , and often mentioned "problems with self-motivation". Learn about the challenges, obstacles, but also the positives that 2020 brought for project management.
“What bothered me the most was the customers' pressure to reduce prices, resulting in a constant evaluating of the project's profitability.”
Take a look at the 7 most interesting – and sometimes perhaps quite surprising – results and answers.
1. 2020 – worse, or better?
Let's start with some good results. Despite last year's situation, every third project manager perceives 2020 at least a bit better than expected. Approximately one-quarter of our respondents think it was as they thought it would be. Not bad, though! However, to be completely honest, we have to admit that a significant part of managers taking the survey comes from the IT sector, which, in general, reports better results than eg. heavy industry.
The result: Only 12 % of project managers have had a much worse business year than they expected.
2. Homeoffice vs. productivity
Frankly, here we've predicted something else. Many project managers were afraid of switching to the home office. Especially those for whom it was their "first time". On the contrary, companies with teams already used to working from home report the most positive evaluations of its impact on productivity. But almost one-third of the asked managers feel home office has had no impact.
The result: Despite our predictions, switching to home office did not have a largely negative impact on teams' productivity.