UK Higher Education: Project Management Maturity Survey

Impressive skill, and perseverance in the face of the uncompromising tide. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 brianhonohan)

Impressive skill, and perseverance in the face of the uncompromising tide. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 brianhonohan)

The ability to balance day-to-day activities and continually innovate is one of the biggest challenges faced by any organisation. It affects private companies, charities and public organisations, whether they are small, medium or large. It even affects smaller groups within those organisations such as departments, services, schools and faculties. Project Management is an effective way of managing that balance and delivering organisational change.

“Project management is an activity designed to make changes in a change-resistant world.” (Parry, 2013, p.34)

However, does the maturity of your organisation’s Project Management practices affect its overall performance? Literature on this topic is scant, especially within UK Higher Education. I’m hoping, with support from Jisc infoNet and UCISA, to start the conversation and build on previous work carried out by Liverpool John Moores University – Improving HEI Productivity and Performance through Project Management (Bryde and Leighton, 2009).

To do this I need your help! If you were working within a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) during the Academic Year 2012 – 2013 and you were involved in a project during that time I’d be extremely grateful if you could spend 10 minutes of your time completing the following questionnaire.

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/uk-he-pm #ukhepm

Please forward this onto any of your colleagues that you think might be interested too. If you use twitter, and would like to mention it I’d be grateful if you could tag your tweet with #ukhepm. The closing date is: Midnight, Friday 14th February.

I’m aiming, with help from the UCISA Project and Change Management Group (PCMG), to try and gather a Project Management maturity score for as many UK HEIs as I can, from as many people working within those organisations as is possible. Personal data is kept to a minimum – used only to show you have agreed to take part, and to notify you of the findings where permitted. Organisational data will be anonymised. I’ll publish preliminary findings on this blog and will make my dissertation available once complete. I’ll also share updates via twitter (@andystew) and via the UCISA PCMG mailing list. On completion of the study I’m also happy to provide individual organisations with their own data upon request.

References

Bryde, D. and Leighton, D. (2009) ‘Improving HEI Productivity and Performance through Project Management’, Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 37 (5), pp. 705-721.

Parry, K. (2013) ‘Empowering Teams’, Project, pp. 34-35. August.

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