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2012 Project Management Study
Zweigwhite, June 2012, Pages: 290
Hard data on how project management really works in A/E firms
This comprehensive collection of statistics on project management gives you an inside, in-depth look at your peers' project management practices and valuable insight from project managers in architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms like yours. Data are broken out by firm type, staff size, region of the firm's headquarters, firm growth rate, and firm client base so you can make specific comparisons.
ZweigWhite's Project Management Study has the project management benchmarks you need to manage projects and serve clients successfully.
The 2012 Project Management Study will help you:
- Learn how your competition handles project management issues
- Determine what are considered best practices for firms like yours
- Benchmark data on project manager compensation and perks
- Get the latest on project management systems and web sites
Project management is the foundation for a firm's success!
Firms in our industry are always trying to figure out how to improve their project management techniques and procedures. This is not surprising—effective project management and project managers can mean the difference between making and losing money, pleasing and losing clients, maintaining a good firm image and getting a “bad rep,” and reducing liability and getting caught up in expensive litigation.
While books abound on how to manage projects with everything from scheduling systems to project management forms, the 2012 Project Management Study of Architecture, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms is the only source of hard data available on how project management really works in the architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting industry.
With this comprehensive study on project management, you’ll find out how your competition handles project management issues and what you can do to make sure your firm does it better. Get an inside, in-depth look at your peers’ project management practices and gain valuable insight from project managers in firms just like yours.
Data are broken out by firm type, staff size, region of the firm’s headquarters, firm growth rate, and firm client base so you can make specific comparisons. Updated for 2012 with all the latest available statistics on project management and project managers, this book has the answers you need to improve your firm’s project management.
Topics covered in this survey include:
Organization: Do the majority of firms in our industry organize themselves by a matrix, standing team/studio, or hybrid structure? What do other firms of the same type, size, and region as yours do? Organization structure serves an important role in A/E/P and environmental firms, as it dictates how project teams are decided and consequently, may affect the project itself. If you’re a firm leader, you can’t afford to miss these survey results.
Project administration: Do firms budget for project management? If so, what percentage of the total project budget is typically allocated for project management? Many design professionals may believe that an activity is not billable unless it specifically involves design. But firms that don’t budget for project management at all, or do inaccurately, may be selling themselves short. Is yours? Find out how your project management budget compares to other firms’ just like yours!
Project web sites: Has your firm jumped on the project web site bandwagon yet? Many of our survey respondents have! Find out what they have to say about who’s responsible for setting up project web sites, who can usually access the sites, and whether they think these sites are truly an effective project management tool.
Project managers: Several chapters on project managers themselves cover everything from their age, gender, and education, to their time management and responsibilities, to how much they earn. Whether you’re a firm leader looking to find out what you should expect from your project managers, or you’re a project manager looking to compare your salary or other aspects of your job to your peers, you don’t want to miss these statistics.
This is just a sampling of the information you’ll get in the 2012 Project Management Study. Presidents, CEOs, COOs, and project managers will find all the statistics they need to improve their firm’s project management in this one book. You’ll be able to compare your firm’s project management side-by-side with firms just like yours and find out how you stack up.
To learn what it takes to make sure your firm has the tools for successful project management, order your copy today!
Executive Summary & Workbook
1 About the Survey
Project manager sample
2 Firm Organization
Project management structure
Project managers vs total staff
Project management training
Specific PM training/needs
3 Project Administration
Project delivery methods
Budgeting for project management
Submitting proposals to new clients
Issuing job numbers
Stamping and sealing documents
Errors & omissions
Factors affecting project performance
Project management updates
Project performance appraisals
Project close-out processes
Soliciting client feedback
4 Project Management Systems
Project management software
Project web site setup
Project web site use
Project web site effectiveness
5 PM Background & Work Habits
6 Business Development
Marketing/business development roles
Business development training
Tracking new and repeat business
7 PM Responsibilities
Project manager roles
Team member performance reviews
Project manager workload
Authority vs responsibility
Compensation vs responsibility
8 PM Compensation & Perks
Annual base salary
Bonuses and overtime pay
Project manager perks
Professional association memberships
Project manager challenges
Project manager complaints
Improving project management
Appendix A: Sample Questionnaires
Appendix B: Explanation of Groupings
About the Authors
1-1 Breakdown of the firm sample
1-2 Breakdown of the project manager sample
2-1 Organization structure
2-2 Comparison: Project team organization
2-3 Project management structure
2-4 Project managers vs total staff
2-5 Comparison: Ratio of total staff to number of project managers
2-6 Comparison: Percentage of total staff that are project managers
2-8 Project coordination
2-9 Workload/manpower planning
2-10 Project staffing
2-11 Project management training
2-12 Specific PM training
2-13 Training needs
3-1 Project delivery methods
3-2 Budgeting for project management
3-3 Submitting proposals to new clients
3-4 Issuing job numbers
3-5 Stamping and sealing documents
3-6 Kick-off meetings
3-7 Information sharing
3-8 Out-of-scope requests
3-9 Errors & omissions
3-10 Project rework
3-11 Factors affecting project performance
3-12 Project management updates
3-13 Activity/task codes
3-14 Comparison: How many non-billable activity/task codes does your firm use?
3-15 Comparison: How many billable activity/task codes does your firm use?
3-16 Project performance appraisals
3-17 Project close-out process
3-18 Soliciting client feedback
4-1 Scheduling systems
4-2 Project management software
4-3 Project web site setup
4-4 Project web site use
4-5 Project web site effectiveness
5-3 Comparison: Are you a registered technical professional?
5-5 Comparison: Years with firm before becoming a PM
5-6 Eligibility requirements
5-7 PM certifications
5-9 Comparison: Are you an owner in your firm?
5-10 Performance appraisals
5-11 Time management
5-12 Comparison: How many hours per week on average do you work?
5-13 Comparison: What percentage of your time is job-chargeable?
6-1 Marketing/business development roles
6-2 Sales goals
6-3 Sales commissions
6-4 Business development training
6-5 Tracking new and repeat business
6-6 Client follow-up
7-1 Project manager roles
7-2 Billing rates
7-3 Comparison: What is your standard hourly billing rate?
7-4 Project budgets
7-5 Project schedules
7-6 Project scope
7-7 Quality assurance
7-8 Team member performance reviews
7-9 Contracting authority
7-10 Fee collection
7-11 Project manager workload
7-12 Comparison: How many projects are you currently managing?
7-13 Authority vs responsibility
7-14 Compensation vs responsibility
8-1 Annual base salary
8-2 Comparison: Current annual base salary
8-3 Bonuses and overtime pay
8-4 Comparison: 2011 bonus amount
8-5 Total compensation
8-6 Comparison: Total compensation
8-8 Comparison: How many days of vacation are you allowed per year?
8-9 Comparison: How many days of vacation did you take in 2011?
8-10 Project manager perks
8-11 Comparison: Do you have a company vehicle?
8-12 Professional association memberships
8-13 Comparison: Do you belong to any professional associations?
9-1 Project manager challenges
9-2 Project manager complaints
9-3 Improving project management:
1-1 Firm type
1-2 Year founded
1-3 Prime vs subconsultant work
1-4 Firm profit
1-5 Firm type
1-6 Region of headquarters
1-7 Staff size
1-8 Growth rate
2-1 Principal-in-charge role
3-1 Kick-off meetings
3-2 Out-of-scope requests
3-3 Errors & omissions
3-4 Most common causes of project rework
3-5 Frequency of project management updates
4-1 Scheduling systems
4-2 Project web site effectiveness
5-3 Performance appraisals
6-1 Tracking sales by project manager
6-2 Business development training
6-3 Percentage of revenue from new and repeat clients
7-1 Project scope
7-2 Quality assurance
7-3 Contracting authority
8-1 Annual base salary
8-2 Total compensation
8-3 Vacation days
9-1 Most common project manager challenges
9-2 Most common project manager complaints
9-3 Improving project management
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