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Complex Project Management Training

Learn Complex Project Management in this intensive real-world, three-day project scenario training course. Learn how to assess, communicate and manage complex projects. 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.

Managing complex projects is much more than applying a set of standard practises. This course will help you recognise the level of complexity early, establish the proper initial conditions, and communicate the drivers of success and failure to management, stakeholders and the project team.

Key Features of this Complex Project Management Training:

  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • End-of-course exam included
  • After-course computing sandbox included

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Learning Objectives

  • Incorporate the science of complexity into project management strategies
  • Manage complex projects involving strategic risks
  • Apply a complexity assessment model and adaptive process
  • Minimise uncertainty by leveraging best practises from Critical Chain, Agile, and Lean approaches

Pre-Requisites

There are no prerequisites for this course, but a solid understanding of conventional project management at the level of these courses is recommended:

  • Project Management: Skills for Success, or
  • Project Management for Software Development

Course Content

Considering the Limits of Conventional Project Management

  • Stretching the limits of conventional project management
  • Rethinking the future of project management

Defining Complexity Science, Chaos Theory and Project Complexity Factors

Introducing complexity science and chaos theory

  • Comparing and contrasting simple and complex systems
  • Applying various complexity modelling techniques

Adopting the four-dimensional project complexity diagnostic tool

  • Analysing project boundary conditions to understand the complexity of your project
  • Determining the edge of chaos
  • Assessing the significance of complex project risks
  • Communicating project complexity factors to others

Employing an Adaptive Project Management Process

Beginning with adaptive principles

  • Building with Agile software development
  • Borrowing from the combat operations loop and the scientific method

The four-step adaptive project management process

  • Implementing rolling wave planning and progressive elaboration
  • Managing adaptive requirements, change and quality
  • Scheduling, budgeting and metrics on complex projects

Minimising Scale on Strategic Projects

Aligning with corporate strategy and value engineering

  • Executing portfolio management strategies
  • Making the business case and delivering value
  • Utilising business capability and purpose alignment models

Developing small, strategic batches of work

  • Applying Van Creveld's Iron Rule and Occam's Razor
  • Delivering minimal marketable features

Managing Pace on Complex Projects

Maintaining control through speed and agility

  • Dealing with daily disruptions
  • Employing fast-tracking and crashing
  • Compressing the critical path

Incorporating Critical Chain and Lean techniques

  • Evaluating Critical Chain project management
  • Employing the theory of constraints and five focusing steps to eliminate waste and optimise flow

Exercising Strong Leadership

Leading adaptive teams

  • Developing your core competencies
  • Growing your sphere of influence and managing politics

Building CRACK teams

  • Facilitating emergent organisation and self-management
  • Agreeing on vision, goals, objectives and values
  • Empowering and motivating the team
  • Implementing effective feedback loops

Recognising and Managing Risks

Identifying and managing risks with scenario modelling

  • Quantifying and mitigating risk threats
  • Exploiting risk opportunities for disruptive innovation

Implementing probabilistic estimating tools and techniques

  • Managing precision and accuracy
  • Correcting estimating bias and reducing variability
  • Revisiting the cone of uncertainty and order of magnitude estimating
  • Leveraging PERT, Monte Carlo and Agile techniques

Building Your Personal Action Plan

  • Putting it all together
  • Analysing a real-world case study
  • Assessing your own real-world projects
  • Identifying specific actions you will take
  • Gaining support and managing risks

Exams & Certification

You will learn 17 PDUs after you complete this course.

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