Top 10 Project Management Statistics

You may have noticed, we love statistics. That's why we've put together 10 of the most exciting project management statistics we've collected over the years.


  1. The most common factor for the failure of a project is the lack of clear objectives.
    (Source: PMI Pulse of the Profession, 2017)
  2. 85% of all US-American companies have a PMO (Project Management Office)
    (Source: The State of the Project Management Office, 2016)
  3. 97% of all organizations view project management as a critical success factor
    (Source: PWC, 2012)
  4. 33% of all IT projects fail due to lack of involvement of executives
    (Source: University of Ottawa, 2008)
  5. PRINCE2 is the least widely used project management method among project managers.
    (Source: PMI Pulse of the Profession, 2016)
  6. 75% of IT executives believe that their projects are "doomed to failure" from the outset
    (Source: Geneca , 2017)
  7. The failure rate of projects with budgets above $1 million is 50% higher than the failure rate of projects with budgets below $350,000.
    (Source: Gartner, 2012)
  8. Only 42% of companies state that projects and strategy have the same orientation
    (Source: PMI Pulse of the Profession, 2014)
  9. On average, the budget requirements of projects are 27% above plan.
    (Source: Havard Business Review, 2003)
  10. For one of six companies, the project budget requirement at the end of the day is more than 200% above plan.
    (Source: Havard Business Review, 2003)
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