Straw poll at ProjectWorld 2002 highlights project managers
dissatisfaction with using traditional communication methods to
London, March 27 2002 - Three-quarters of the project managers who
attended ProjectWorld 2002 indicated that they are dissatisfied with their
current communication tools in a straw poll carried out by Internet
business service provider Projectplace. Of those surveyed, 75% expressed
their frustration at having to rely on face-to-face meetings, the
telephone or e-mail to communicate with team members. This figure has
risen by 11% since ProjectWorld 2001, demonstrating that project managers
are increasingly struggling to cope using traditional communication
methods. The survey also revealed that an increasing number (81% - up
8.9% from 2001) of projects have geographically dispersed members - making
it even more difficult for project managers to communicate with members
and co-ordinate projects.
"With 75% of respondents reporting dissatisfaction with their current
communication methods, there is a clear need for project managers to start
using a service that allows the project team to communicate and
collaborate more effectively. Also, this needs to be a service that
project members can access irrespective of location," said Steve Merry,
Projectplace's UK Country Manager. "Project managers must look at project
and document management services that offer secure and flexible access
with visible feedback mechanisms, or place their projects at risk."
"I wasn't surprised that the number of projects consisting of
geographically dispersed members had risen, as this is something we have
seen happening within our client base," he continued. "A growing number
of projects involve third parties - project teams need to be able to
communicate and collaborate effectively with suppliers, partners and
clients who are often based in different locations. This is something we
are able to help project teams with as we provide an online collaboration
and communication service that can be accessed from any Internet point to
save time and increase project efficiency."
Other results revealed that 61% of project managers have considered
implementing an extranet to aid collaboration, although of those, less
than 20% had actually gone ahead and set one up. A possible reason for
this is that developing an extranet requires a great deal of resources -
the initial set-up cost is very high and there are additional maintenance
and upgrade costs later down the line. For more results see below.
Projectplace is a fast-growing ASP founded in Sweden in 1998. The business
idea is to develop and operate specialised web services that enable people
involved in projects to collaborate and communicate efficiently and
effectively. A 'Project Place' is a secure area on the Internet with
numerous services and features for project collaboration and communication
gathered in one place. It only takes a minute to set up a functional
Project Place, and this is available 24/7 to project members. Projectplace
has 89,000 users in 42 countries.
For more information visit: http://www.projectplace.co.uk
Projectplace Ltd contacts:
Steve Merry, UK Country Manager
Tel: 01895 876 122
Nicola Alvey/Linsey White
Tel: 0118 989 5600
1) Do you use a project management tool?
Yes - 73% ; No - 27%
2) Are project members geographically dispersed?
Yes - 81%; No - 19%
3) Do you have a need to include external suppliers or third parties in your projects?
Yes - 64%; No - 36%
4) How many members are involved in your average project?
1-5 - 32%
6-10 - 38%
11-15 - 21%
16+ - 9%
5) During a typical year how many projects are you involved in?
1-5 - 56%
6-10 - 27%
11-15 - 6%
16+ - 11%
6) Have you looked at creating an extranet for project collaboration
Yes - 61%; No - 39%
If yes, have you implemented one at your organisation?
Yes - 19.7%; No - 80.3%
7) How do keep your project team up to date and informed?
Phone - 77%
E-mail - 99%
Fax - 32%
Regular meetings - 101%
Is this means satisfactory?
Yes - 25%; No - 75%
8) Have you heard about project collaboration tools?
Yes - 66%; No - 34%
9) Would renting "enabling" software on a pay-as-you-use basis be an
Yes - 77%; No - 23%
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