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What do we call as challenges in project management? How they can impact on complexity of the project?
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What do we call as challenges in project management? How they can impact and increase the complexity of the project?

Measurements of complexity based on challenges

It would be great if anyone can share the insights on this. thank you in advance!
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We are dealing with many challenges as project management challenges in projects
Unspecified targets
scope creep.
Working with a team: Challenges for Project Managers
Inadequate skills for the project -
Lack of accountability.
Project Management Challenge: Dealing with Risk
Improper Risk Management
Vague contingency plans
Project management and communication challenges
Poor communication
Expectations of management: A key feature of the project manager
Impossible deadlines
Streaming resources
Lack of stakeholder engagement
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1 reply by Sateesh Muggalla
May 15, 2017 6:50 AM
Sateesh Muggalla
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Thank you Tariq for your inputs.
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There could be n number of challenges in project management. Few of them are listed above. However, depending upon the nature of the project, the challenges may vary.
- Infrastructure challenges
- Resource availability
- Unrealistic schedule
- Poor change control management
- Communication or timezone challenges
- No or poor risk management
- Lack of domain knowledge/skills
- Poor planning and execution
- No monitoring and corrective actions
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1 reply by Sateesh Muggalla
May 15, 2017 6:51 AM
Sateesh Muggalla
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Thank you for your points Sonali. I agree that challenges are not fixed for any project, it could be vary based on circumstances.
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Tariq and Sonali listed some of challengues you can find in a project, and I believe that every project has its own challenges, no matter if big or small project, some challenges can be similar, others totally diferents.

Much of challengues could be categorized like risks project

I think we must to give special atention to planification, comunications and risk control to help to maintain project under control
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1 reply by Sateesh Muggalla
May 15, 2017 6:57 AM
Sateesh Muggalla
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Thank you Ruben. I think most of the challenges needs to consider as risks during planning stage and mitigate them by assuming them in ideal situations.

I agree that point on planification, communications and risk control. Thanks for that.
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To profile your project at initiation to determine complexity is a good practice.I have a spreadsheet to do this using the following parameters:

Technology
Relationship
Team Size
Duration
# of stakeholders
Familiarity
Visibility
Clarity
External Dependencies
Control
Experience
Skill
Governance

Each is assigned a score at initiation to give a baseline complexity. This is then reviews periodically and if you deviate from the baseline complexity during execution you need to look at why your project is becoming more complex than anticipated.

Just creating a risk log and defining complexity based on that does not give you the real state.
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1 reply by Sateesh Muggalla
May 15, 2017 7:05 AM
Sateesh Muggalla
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Hi Anton, Thank you very much for your inputs. It looks alike your approach will give visibility on what are the challenges are impacting on complexity of the project in different stages like execution and etc.

Please kindly explain your approach with an example, how to score ad and monitoring the impacts. It would be great helpful for practical situations.

I feel creating risk is essential but mitigate at the right time with correct measurements are mandatory to control the challenges. I think your approach will give more visibility on how to handle it.

Thank you.
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May 09, 2017 1:25 PM
Replying to Tariq Hussain
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We are dealing with many challenges as project management challenges in projects
Unspecified targets
scope creep.
Working with a team: Challenges for Project Managers
Inadequate skills for the project -
Lack of accountability.
Project Management Challenge: Dealing with Risk
Improper Risk Management
Vague contingency plans
Project management and communication challenges
Poor communication
Expectations of management: A key feature of the project manager
Impossible deadlines
Streaming resources
Lack of stakeholder engagement
Thank you Tariq for your inputs.
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May 10, 2017 6:46 AM
Replying to Sonali Malu
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There could be n number of challenges in project management. Few of them are listed above. However, depending upon the nature of the project, the challenges may vary.
- Infrastructure challenges
- Resource availability
- Unrealistic schedule
- Poor change control management
- Communication or timezone challenges
- No or poor risk management
- Lack of domain knowledge/skills
- Poor planning and execution
- No monitoring and corrective actions
Thank you for your points Sonali. I agree that challenges are not fixed for any project, it could be vary based on circumstances.
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May 10, 2017 11:40 AM
Replying to Ruben Dario Abello Medina
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Tariq and Sonali listed some of challengues you can find in a project, and I believe that every project has its own challenges, no matter if big or small project, some challenges can be similar, others totally diferents.

Much of challengues could be categorized like risks project

I think we must to give special atention to planification, comunications and risk control to help to maintain project under control
Thank you Ruben. I think most of the challenges needs to consider as risks during planning stage and mitigate them by assuming them in ideal situations.

I agree that point on planification, communications and risk control. Thanks for that.
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May 10, 2017 1:33 PM
Replying to Anton Oosthuizen
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To profile your project at initiation to determine complexity is a good practice.I have a spreadsheet to do this using the following parameters:

Technology
Relationship
Team Size
Duration
# of stakeholders
Familiarity
Visibility
Clarity
External Dependencies
Control
Experience
Skill
Governance

Each is assigned a score at initiation to give a baseline complexity. This is then reviews periodically and if you deviate from the baseline complexity during execution you need to look at why your project is becoming more complex than anticipated.

Just creating a risk log and defining complexity based on that does not give you the real state.
Hi Anton, Thank you very much for your inputs. It looks alike your approach will give visibility on what are the challenges are impacting on complexity of the project in different stages like execution and etc.

Please kindly explain your approach with an example, how to score ad and monitoring the impacts. It would be great helpful for practical situations.

I feel creating risk is essential but mitigate at the right time with correct measurements are mandatory to control the challenges. I think your approach will give more visibility on how to handle it.

Thank you.
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1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
May 16, 2017 3:38 AM
Anton Oosthuizen
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Sateesh, yes you are correct, it is all about making these metric visible. As you can imagine that if you baseline the complexity of your project using sensible metric a benchmark exists that can be used at any stage to determine any deviation, much like your schedule baseline. Project complexity should not increase if there are no corresponding change request that results in scope change.

I assign each metric a complexity level of 1-5, 1 being simple, 5 being complex. The overall complexity would the average of all metric. On larger projects (with more metric) I would also add a weight to each metric to determine the importance of the metric in the final score. The overall assessment would be a percentage, lower for simple projects, higher for complex projects.

Recalculating your complexity on a regular basis will tell you if any of your metric have increased in complexity, enabling you to investigate and determine if this is justified (expected) or not.
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May 15, 2017 7:05 AM
Replying to Sateesh Muggalla
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Hi Anton, Thank you very much for your inputs. It looks alike your approach will give visibility on what are the challenges are impacting on complexity of the project in different stages like execution and etc.

Please kindly explain your approach with an example, how to score ad and monitoring the impacts. It would be great helpful for practical situations.

I feel creating risk is essential but mitigate at the right time with correct measurements are mandatory to control the challenges. I think your approach will give more visibility on how to handle it.

Thank you.
Sateesh, yes you are correct, it is all about making these metric visible. As you can imagine that if you baseline the complexity of your project using sensible metric a benchmark exists that can be used at any stage to determine any deviation, much like your schedule baseline. Project complexity should not increase if there are no corresponding change request that results in scope change.

I assign each metric a complexity level of 1-5, 1 being simple, 5 being complex. The overall complexity would the average of all metric. On larger projects (with more metric) I would also add a weight to each metric to determine the importance of the metric in the final score. The overall assessment would be a percentage, lower for simple projects, higher for complex projects.

Recalculating your complexity on a regular basis will tell you if any of your metric have increased in complexity, enabling you to investigate and determine if this is justified (expected) or not.

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