The Year in Review: PM 2014

It’s been a busy year here at We launched our U.S. office in Austin, Texas, expanded our team and kicked off our plan to taste every taco at Torchy’s Tacos. (It’s an Austin thing).

But we’re not the only ones making strides: 2014 was a banner year for project management around the world and even across the universe. From NASA’s Rosetta comet-landing spectacle to a different kind of spectacle, the world cup in Brazil, major projects have made major headlines.

We enjoy taking a look back and celebrating the industry’s accomplishments from projects to events to awards.

Major Projects

Globally, 2014 witnessed the launch and expansion of several major projects, including:

  • The World Cup in Brazil
  • The Commonwealth Games in Scotland
  • Rosetta: The European Space Agency with support from NASA landed a spacecraft on a comet – a project that was many years in the making
  • Daxing airport in Beijing: The contracts were awarded for the design of Terminal 1 of this airport, which will be one of the largest in the world when it opens in 2018.
  • Etihad Rail: The major rail project in the Middle East continued to expand and test services. It also celebrated 10 million hours worked with no lost-time injuries.

Thought Leadership

The project management profession advanced in 2014 with ground-breaking research and new publications to help inform project best practices.

  • PMI’s Pulse of the Profession report highlighted that organizations waste US $109 million for every $1 billion spent on projects as a result of poor performance.
  • Our own research showed that 78% of successful projects use risk management.
  • We released the definitive guide to project management salaries: everything you ever wanted to know about how much people get paid but were afraid to ask.
  • The legendary Harold Kerzner released a new book, Project Recovery: Case Studies and Techniques for Overcoming Project Failure.
  • Another project management heavyweight, Dennis Lock, updated his book and released a 4th edition of The Essentials of Project Management.


Globally, we celebrated the successes of many award-winning projects. Here are a few highlights:

  • The Dawlish Sea Wall Emergency Works managed by Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd won the APM Project of the Year award.
  • The AP60 project to design and build a new aluminium plant in Quebec won the PMI Project of the Year award.
  • In Australia the PMI Project of the Year award went to the State Water Corporation of New South Wales for the Burrendong Dam Temperature Control Curtain project which aims to reduce the effects of cold water pollution and improve the local river ecosystem.
  • The IPMA awards celebrate the project managers of the year with presentations to Andrew Bell of the UK, Jean-Michel Reix of France and Imran K. Malik from the UAE.
  • The Brazilian Central Bank took home the prestigious MundoPM award for PMO of the Year

Major PM Events

Nearly 1000 people attended the PMI Global Congress EMEA in Dubai—one of the largest project management events in the world.

The turnout was even higher for the North American event in Phoenix, Arizona where over 2000 delegates from over 50 countries attended. It wasn’t without incident: a fire broke out at a hotel across the street from the where PMI Congress was convened. About 800 guests—and countless project managers—were left temporarily homeless. Within hours they were all settled in new hotels and provided with transportation, thanks to the Phoenix Chapter swinging into action. Nice to witness a real-time example of successful contingency planning!

This year also marked the 10th anniversary of International Project Management Day, the largest yet. Read our roundup of events here and our guest post from Elizabeth Harrin who attended a PMI event in Hungary.

The PMP credential hit the ripe old age of 30 this year too. If you’ve held your certification for that long, let us know!

We look forward to next year’s event as well as all the great projects about to be kicked off. Join us all year long and ensure your project’s success by starting your free trial at

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