Project Managers value new ways of working, but organizations failing to harness benefits of agile delivery

Project Managers value new ways of working, but organizations failing to harness benefits of agile delivery

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First AXELOS PRINCE2® research report reveals framework being adopted by people working in a range of roles in multiple industry sectors.*

Organizations are far less willing than their employees to adopt agile working methods and are missing out on the benefits such as earlier delivery of projects and return on investment, according to a new global survey published by AXELOS today.

The survey* of more than 2,400 professionals found that more than three-quarters (81%) of respondents – across all job roles and industry sectors surveyed – now see value in working in an agile way. In fact, the appetite to use agile methods among individual professionals is on average 37% greater than their employer’s.

The lack of appetite among organizations for agile working exists despite the finding that people in senior management roles were among the most enthusiastic for it, with 83% acknowledging its value. AXELOS’ research also showed how more professionals with a PRINCE2 certification than those without see the value of agile working.

“The use of agile approaches and techniques has come of age,” explained Nikos Paxos, AXELOS head of programme and project management. “Regardless of whether you're in a small start-up, building revolutionary apps or working for one of the big banks, the digital revolution has meant that businesses nowadays have to be able to adapt at an incredible rate. For these reasons agile is no longer viewed as niche and people appreciate the flexibility and the potential to deliver results sooner that working in an agile way brings.

“However, as our research illustrates, organizations seem to lack confidence in adopting agile methods and this has created a disconnect between the belief that professionals have in the value of agile compared with its use in their workplace. We believe that senior leaders, despite valuing agile working, are reluctant to relinquish full control and are concerned with the potential negative impacts of implementing ‘fragile agile’ which can lead to anarchic ways of working.”

Last year AXELOS launched PRINCE2 Agile®, which combines the flexibility and responsiveness of agile delivery with the established and proven best practice framework of the world’s most recognized project management method. The new guidance shows how this compatibility can be used by organizations harnessing both PRINCE2 and agile, equipping them with the required skills and processes to successfully deliver projects to meet customer requirements in today’s fast paced and rapidly changing business environments.

The survey also asked respondents for their views on the use of PRINCE2 – the world’s most widely used project management method. Findings include:

  • ‘skills development’ and ‘career progression’ were the most popular reasons (63%) for gaining a PRINCE2 certification
  • PRINCE2 is being adopted by people working in a wide range of roles, including senior management, engineering and operations – not only those working in project management positions
  • PRINCE2 is being adopted by organizations of varying sizes, from those employing more than 1500 people to those with less than 99 employees.

Nikos added: “It is encouraging to hear that so many people are gaining value by achieving their PRINCE2 certification. The research also helped to dispel a few myths, such as the belief that PRINCE2 is only used in large organisations. It was interesting to learn that senior management, operations and other functions from across the organization find PRINCE2 valuable, not only to their role, but to their career.”

Access the full report from our PRINCE2 section.

* Online survey conducted by AXELOS of 2,400 business professionals between the 22 February and 7 March 2016.