Thursday, November 29, 2012

Conclusions of the survey performed in Latin America about the knowledge of ISO 21500 Regulation and the interest that might arouse the development of a Guide for its implementation.

The summary of the conclusions obtained through the survey, performed till 15.09.2012, is as follows:

- Of all Latin American countries invited to complete the survey, Bolivia has set itself up as the most participative country, with 22%, followed by Colombia with 19% and Argentina in third place, with 13.5%.
- A 35% of survey respondents are Project Managers and the second majority are members of project team with 24%. Sponsors and Portfolio Managers have been the less prone to respond to the survey, with 4.6% y 3.4% respectively. 
- 80% of survey respondents have more than 3 years of experience in Project Management, though 45% of those have no degree or certification in PM.
- 77% of survey respondents work for private enterprises. It might be interesting to develop strategies to reach more nonprofit organizations and public enterprises.
- Around 20% of survey respondents work for IT sector. 
- 30% of survey respondents work in companies with 1000 or more employees.
- Although 47% of survey respondents base their project management on PMBOK, the second majority has no formal process to carry it out.
- There is no formal interest in developing PMOs in the majority of companies where the survey respondents work. However, at least the 25% of them can count with a PMO of less than 3 years of running.
- The maturity level regarding Project management in the majority of companies where the survey respondents work is low (60%). There are several processes of Project management in the organizations, but they are not considered as models or organizational standards.
- The percentage of organizations where the survey respondents work that has any ISO regulation already implemented in them is close to 50%. Of this 50%, half of the organizations have had ISO 9001 Regulation implemented for the last 3 years, considering as a key driving force for the success in the implementation the collaboration of the whole organization and its managers.
- More than 50% of survey respondents declare that continuous improvement has been the key factor in the decision to implement an ISO regulation.
- Though ISO 21500 was not a published regulation at the moment of the survey development, a  30% of the survey respondents knew it already and considered that the most important improvement of the new regulation was that it articulates and consolidates different standards topics, frameworks or best practices, as well as it standardizes language.
- 55% ignores if the regulation is certifiable, but consider it should be so.  
- 50% of survey respondents consider that, if ISO 21500 regulation was certifiable, it should be so for companies and organizations.
- The answers suggest that our guide should be oriented towards those responsible and that it should include templates and examples of how to use them.
- Although 73% believes that being certified in ISO 9001 might help to implement ISO 21500, only 30% of the survey respondents knew already the regulation, which reveals that the expectations generated by the regulation are quite high. 
- A 50% is unaware of the existence of our Blogs, so it might be necessary to put into practice corrective actions to improve such spreading of information.
- Finally, 95% of survey respondents were willing to participate in a presentation oriented to help them know in detail the objectives of the ISO 21500 regulation analysis group.
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