2015 Project Management Study of Architecture, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms

  • ID: 3432107
  • November 2015
  • 300 pages
  • Zweigwhite
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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.

This Project Management Study has the project management benchmarks you need to manage projects and serve clients successfully.


The 2015 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 READ MORE >

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Executive Summary & Workbook

1 About the Survey
The questionnaires
Data collection
Firm sample
Project manager sample

2 Firm Organization
Organization structure
Project managment structure
Project managers vs total staff
Project coordination
Workload/manpower planning
Project staffing
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
Kick-off meetings
Information sharing
Out-of-scope requests
Errors & omissions
Project rework
Factors affecting project performance
Project management updates
Activity/task codes
Project performance appraisals
Project close-out processes
Soliciting client feedback

4 Project Management Systems
Scheduling systems
Project management software
Project web site setup
Project web site use
Project web site effectiveness

5 PM Background & Work Habits
Eligibility requirements
PM certi? cations
Performance appraisals
Time management

6 Business Development
Marketing/business development roles
Sales goals
Sales commissions
Business development training
Tracking new and repeat business
Client follow-up

7 PM Responsibilities
Project manager roles
Billing rates
Project budgets
Project schedules
Project scope
Quality assurance
Team member performance reviews
Contracting authority
Fee collection
Project manager workload
Authority vs responsibility
Compensation vs responsibility

8 PM Compensation & Perks
Annual base salary
Bonuses and overtime pay
Total compensation
Project manager perks
Professional association memberships

9 Opinions
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 ? rm sample
1-2 Breakdown of the project manager sample
2-1 Organization structure
2-2 Comparison: Project team organization
2-3 Project managment 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
2-7 Principal-in-charge
2-8 Project coordination
2-9 Workload/manpower planning
2-10 Project staf? ng
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 ? rm use?
3-15 Comparison: How many billable activity/task codes does your ? rm 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
5-1 Age/gender
5-2 Education
5-3 Comparison: Are you a registered technical professional?
5-4 Background
5-5 Comparison: Years with ? rm before becoming a PM
5-6 Eligibility requirements
5-7 PM certi? cations
5-8 Ownership
5-9 Comparison: Are you an owner in your ? rm?
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: 2013 bonus amount
8-5 Total compensation
8-6 Comparison: Total compensation
8-7 Vacation
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 2013?
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
5-1 Gender
5-2 Ownership
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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