PM Summit 2018 Survey Results

In June 2018, the fourth edition of PM Summit, Ireland’s most inclusive conference for project, programme and portfolio management professionals, revealed the results of their annual survey.

2018’s edition involved the participation of 437 project management professionals in Ireland from a broad range of sectors and was carried out with the assistance of Pan Research.

All responses were anonymous, spanning absolute beginners to seasoned veterans. Participants were asked to report on their ten most recent projects. Displaying a very clear gender split within the area of project management, a staggering 76% of participants were male, with the majority working in medium (50-500 employees) or extra-large companies (5000+ employees). 45% of partipants come from the IT and AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) sectors, with finance, operations & logistics, manufacturing and production making the rest.

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PM Summit 2019 Promo Video

Join us at the 5th annual PM Summit on 13th March 2019 in The Convention Centre Dublin.

This year’s 4 Keynotes are David McWilliams, Sinead Kane, Niamh Shaw and Raymond Poole. For more information on 2019 speakers click HERE.

To register click HERE.


PM Summit 2018 Interview with Lord David Puttnam: Lights, Camera, Action - Project Management!

Lord Puttnam addressed the 2018 PM Summit on how to project manage within the creative industries. This Keynote was delivered through an on stage intimate interview with Lord Puttnam and Raymond Poole, CEO of PM Summit. It explored how even creative industries such as the movie industry etc. have to manage their productions against the same constraints as all other projects, namely Time, Resources and Costs. It was an informative session opening our eyes beyond our given sectors.


PM Summit 2018 Look Back of the Day

We organised for a short promotional video to be recorded on the day of PM Summit 2018 (17th July at The Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland). It gives you an idea of what our PM Summit events entails.


Press Release: PM Summit survey reveals 40% of project managers suffer from prolonged stress due to work


Dublin, 5/9 July 2018 –PM Summit, Ireland’s most diverse conference for project, programme and portfolio  management  professionals,  today  announces  the findings of  a  new study which  reveals that 40%  of Ireland’s 52,000 project  managers  have  suffered  from  prolonged  stress due  to their work.  The  study  involved  407  project  management  professionals  in  Ireland  from  a  broad  range  of sectors and was carried out with the assistance of Pan Research. 

Results reveal that 83% of respondents have had no formal training in how to manage mental health issues, including stress, within their project teams.

People in IT roles suffer most from stress, with 44% reporting that they have suffered from prolonged work stress, followed by people in the architectural, engineering and construction field where 39% report this. Conversely, the stress levels of project managers in operations and logistics were low, with only 5% revealing that they have suffered prolonged stress. 

Raymond Poole, CEO, PM Summit, commented: “When it comes to managing mental health issues within their project team, training is critical and this is borne out in the survey, which found that the least stressed category of project managers – the over 55s – have received the most training, with 31% of these having received some formal training. This contrasts with the biggest sufferers of prolonged stress – the 35-55 year olds – of whom only 17% have received some formal training.”


Newstalk, Breakfast Business Radio Interview, 28th June 2018


Gavin McLoughlin, Breakfast Business Show host on Newstalk, interviewed Raymond Poole, CEO PM Summit in the context of the survey press release that failed projects are costing Irish companies on average €580,000. The item was led by the survey results, including the costs to Irish businesses of failed projects, how this can be avoided and advice for companies scoping new projects.

Some highlights from the survey are:
•    Over 400 Project Managers took part in the survey
•    A fifth of recent projects have failed at an average cost per project of €580,000
•    Over 60% of businesses are planning to increase investment in project management training this year with an average increase spend of 16% over that of last year
•    Most common reasons cited for project failures were:
             o    Too many scope changes
             o    Communication and organisational problems
             o    Poorly defined objectives
Raymond Poole, CEO of PM Summit, will be delivering the full results and findings of the PM Summit 2018 survey at this year's conference on 17-JUL-2018 at the Convention Centre, Dublin. For more details on this talk go to

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Press Release: PM Summit survey: Failed projects cost Irish companies €580,000 

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Dublin, 25/28 June 2018 – PM Summit, Ireland’s most diverse conference for project, programme and portfolio management professionals, today announces the results of a new survey which reveals that failed projects cost Irish companies on average €580,000. 

The research, which involved 407 project management professionals in Ireland from a broad range of sectors and was carried out with the assistance of Pan Research, also found that almost a fifth (19%) of the recent projects that Irish organisations have undertaken have failed. 

Too many scope changes, communication and organisational problems, and poorly defined objectives were cited as the most common causes of failure while the most costly reasons were lack of involvement of all team members in project decisions and poor resource planning.

It therefore comes as no surprise that two out of every three companies (68%) are planning to spend more on project management training and education. In fact, organisations are spending on average 16% more in this area this year compared to last.

Press release:The 4th annual PM Summit – national project management conference 

Dublin, 15th May 2018 – PM Summit, Ireland’s most diverse conference for project, program and portfolio management professionals, will take place in the Convention Centre, Dublin, on Tuesday, 17th July. The conference is open to current practitioners and aspiring project managers. A record 350 delegates are expected to attend this year and the summit will feature three keynote speakers and 15 presentations across three separate tracks.

Raymond Poole, CEO, PM Summit, said: “Every single organisation in Ireland utilises project management to a greater or lesser extent. Indeed, our research shows that there are over 52,000 project managers in Ireland.”

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the PM Summit aims to attract a diverse group of project management professionals, creating a forum for the transfer of knowledge and exploration of new ideas. Unlike other project management events, the PM Summit caters to all sectors of industry, from engineering to pharmaceutical, from government bodies to IT and beyond, and is not aligned with any one institution, professional body or methodology. The tagline being inclusivity not exclusivity.

PM Summit 2018 Playlist

Check out our YouTube Playlist for this year's event where some of our speakers have provided you with further information about their talk they will be presenting at PM Summit 2018 on 17th July at The Convention Centre, Dublin. Below is a list of the speakers included in the playlist, click any of their names to be brought to their presentation overview.

Cristiane Pitzer, Paddy Power Betfair: And when the Team is Not Collocated? Can it be Agile?

Saurabh Bhandari, Mott MacDonald: Delivering Post Disaster Infrastructure Rebuild - Essential Toolkit for Project Managers

Paul Adamson, Keynote: Transforming Performance Through Mindset

Paul Hodgkins, Paul Hodgkins Project Consulting: The Power of Project Leadership - Seven Leadership Lessons

Carole Osterweil, Visible Dynamics: Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience

Barry Curry, Système: Rescuing and Reviving Troubled Software Projects

James Sweetman, Keynote: Authentic Leadership in the Age of Change

Interview with Peter Power, UNICEF Ireland

In 2016, Raymond Poole, CEO & Founder of PM Summit conducted an on-stage interview with Peter Power, Executive Director at UNICEF Ireland at the PM Summit's annual conference. The purpose of this interview was to build awareness amongst project management professionals and agile practitioners to the diversity of projects by focusing on an organisation like UNICEF. The objective was to challenge the audience to think outside their comfort zone and see how they could apply project management processes and knowledge areas to a crisis managed environment.

We received an overwhelming response to the initial interview that we decided to record the interview at UNICEF Ireland office and publish it to our YouTube channel to allow a wider audience experience the powerful message received.

PM Summit 2017 Keynote Playlist

Check out this YouTube Playlist of our PM Summit 2017 Keynote Speakers providing you with further information on their talk that they presented in 2017.

Melanie Franklin, Agile Change Management Limited: Adopting Agile is a Cultural Change

Stephen Carver, Cranfield University School of Management: Complexity - Fear of Flying?

Debra Searle, Shoal Projects Ltd.: CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE: Re-Wiring Our Brain's Autopilot

Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager Ltd: The Lazy Project Manager