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This research paper looks at what the key contributing factors to a successful project are and whether there are lessons we can learn from this to make our projects more successful.
The research was in the form of a questionnaire sent out to over 43,000 people involved in delivering projects. There were 4,451 respondents and it is these responses that make up the material presented in this paper.
There are two appendices to this paper which explain in some more detail
The demographics of questionnaire respondents.
Statistical significance testing and how it was applied to the questionnaire results.
For those who are just interested in the survey results – one important piece of advice before we dive straight in. A survey is an inexact science to understand exactly what is contributing to project success. It can give trends rather than absolute definition and is comparative in its nature not absolute. This piece of research does not purport to have the answers to what creates a successful project. But it does highlight common factors amongst successful projects and trends that are exhibited more commonly across successful projects.
Without any further ado – let’s dive straight in.