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Complexity in Project Management

Managing Complex Projects is much more than applying a set of standard practices. Managing complex recognizes the level of complexity early, establishing the proper initial conditions, and communicating the drivers of success and failure to management, stakeholders and the project team.

In this Complex Project Management training course, you gain a deep understanding of essential influencers of project success or failure and a tool set to address the specific issues for your complex project.  Through an intensive real-world, three-day project scenario, you learn how to assess, communicate and manage complex projects.


Learning Objectives

You Will Learn How To

  • Incorporate the science of complexity into project management strategies
  • Assess project complexity using a Project Complexity Diagnostic Model
  • Identify which PM methodology works best for each complex project
  • Leverage best practices from Critical Chain, Adaptive, and Lean approaches to address specific issues


Recommended Experience

This course is valuable for experienced project managers who have faced, are facing or will soon be facing managing a complex project.

  • At least two years’ experience as a project manager
  • Solid understanding of conventional project management at the level of:
    • Course, Project Management: Skills for Success, or
    • Course, Project Management for Software Development
  • Solid understanding of fundamental Agile practices at the level of: 
    • Course, Agile Fundamentals Training, or
    • Course, Adaptive Program and Portfolio Management

Target Audience

Typical job roles include: Associate project managers, project managers, IT project managers, project coordinators, project analysts, project leaders, senior project managers, team leaders, product managers, program managers, project sponsors

Course Content

Course Outline

The Waves of Project Management

  • Four Waves of Project Management
  • Recognizing Complexity and Chaos elements
  • Applying a Project Complexity Diagnostic Tool

Employing a Flexible Project Management Methodology

  • Utilizing Predictive, Incremental, and Iterative Approaches
  • Applying Adaptive Project Management Techniques

Minimizing Scale on Complex Projects

  • Applying Big Picture Thinking
  • Focusing on Real Business Value

Exploiting Risks on Complex Projects

  • Evaluating Technology Maturity
  • Creating Ranges for Risk Mitigation

Maximizing Pace on Complex Projects

  • Creating Prioritized Batches of Work
  • Managing adaptive requirements, change and quality
  • Utilizing Lean Production Cycles

Optimizing Force on Complex Projects

  • Meeting the Project Leadership Challenge
  • Building High Performance, Learning Teams

Exams & Certification

This course is approved by PMI® for 17 professional development units (PDUs).

Technical : 17 PDUs

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