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PDA Pathfinder report

Project data analytics: the state of the art and science

The project delivery profession is in the midst of unprecedented technological innovation. Ever-increasing complex projects and programmes combined with the arrival of new digital technologies offer a wealth of opportunities to improve project performance.

Project professionals who anticipate these opportunities will be able apply these practices to benefit their project delivery. A clear example is project data analytics – at its simplest, the use of past and current project data to enable effective decisions on project delivery.

APM’s new pathfinder report, Project Data Analytics: the state of the art and science, provides a concise overview of project data analytics.

The report:

  • summarises what is happening now in this field
  • defines key concepts and terminology
  • highlights research and activity that APM is undertaking to identify future developments in project data analytics

Further activity

As the world undergoes a shift in technology, project professionals are the change makers who must embrace and understand its importance. We have long recognised the importance of utilising data to aid project delivery. As such, we’ve recently formed a Data Advisory Group, bringing together partner organisations including professional bodies, government departments, funding providers and thought leaders in the field to explore how we can support the project profession on its data journey.

The group aims to raise awareness of the use of data and analytics, sharing knowledge and improve ‘data literacy’, sponsoring research and working with partners to set standards  For more information on this work please contact us.

Alternatively, take part in the work of the Project Data Analytics Research Network, a collaborative group of researchers and project professionals that plans to undertake a variety of research investigations in project data analytics. If you’d like to learn more and collaborate with the Network, contact Professor Naomi Brookes, professor of complex programme management at WMG, University of Warwick.