Here are the hard numbers from the October PM survey on PM frustrations. As always, they will be permanently posted in the "Past Survey Results" section of this site as well...
October 2010 PM Survey - PM Frustrations
1. What is your #1 frustration as a project manager?
Lack of management support - 26% Poor communication in the organization - 21% Lack of PM authority and decision-making ability - 13% Lack of planning time allowed - 12% Lack of funding - 6% Lack of available tools/processes - 4% The customer - 2% Other - 17%
Answers included responses such as... - too many processes - 3rd party vendors - poor reliability among team members - bad Sales to PM hand-off
3. Do you routinely network with other PMs to share knowledge, lessons learned, and good/bad feedback?
Sometimes, but no formal or regular process - 63% Yes - 29% No - 9%
4. Why do you think most projects fail? Bad or incomplete requirements - 38% Poor communication - 19% Poor planning by delivery team - 12% Lack of customer involvement - 10% Budget issues - 5% Funding goes away - 2% Other - 14%
5. Other? Answers included responses such as... - indecision - poor management - lack of stakeholder involvement