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Complexities in managing projects?
Hi Everyone,
I am exploring complexities in managing Projects. What do you people think about Complexities in projects?
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Hi Tahir, The question itself is a complex one. Considering a project, the various steps in the cycle face a number of complexities as all the others have mentioned herein. For understanding the complexities in each project, one must analyse each activity and work package, and along with assistance of SMEs' complexities can be categorized and studied individually.

All the best for your thesis.
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1 reply by Tahir Saeed Maqbool
Sep 25, 2017 12:03 AM
Tahir Saeed Maqbool
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Thanks a lot Dileep Sankar for your kind words...

Tahir
Tahir -

Complexity should influence a number of project decisions including:

1. Should we even attempt it?
2. Should we bring in outside help?
3. What level of governance is needed?
4. What degree of tailoring and application of PM processes is required?

As an example, in my most recent full-time role, we modified our methodology tailoring guidance to incorporate complexity on top of the existing cost inputs we had previously used. We determined complexity through a number of project profiling questions which attempted to capture a holistic understanding of this complex (no pun intended) concept.

Kiron
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1 reply by Tahir Saeed Maqbool
Sep 25, 2017 12:04 AM
Tahir Saeed Maqbool
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Well said Kiron Bondale..
Your insights will be very helpful for me. Thanks

Tahir
This is a very good, but very broad question and difficult to answer in a few words. Have a look into the following PMI Practise Guide for a very good overview of the complexity areas and how to cope with it. The Practise Guide does mention three categories: Human Behavior, System Behavior and Ambiguity.
https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/...ides/complexity
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1 reply by Tahir Saeed Maqbool
Sep 25, 2017 12:07 AM
Tahir Saeed Maqbool
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Thanks a lot sir Peter Ambrosy..
My question is broad because i want to see the holistic view of complexities in projects..
Sir would you like to participate in my study as a participant?
I do agree with Andrew too. Complexity has multidimensional impacts on projects. I would add the complexity comes from the internal and Customer organizations that do not share all the time the same points of view.
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1 reply by Tahir Saeed Maqbool
Sep 25, 2017 12:10 AM
Tahir Saeed Maqbool
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Thank you sir for your valuable insights...

Tahir
The scope of projects can be source of complexity. When your project concerns several organizations from several different countries and cultures and sometimes with incompatible interests. Satisfying all stakeholders becomes difficult.
In such case, intensive communication with all sides requires time and cost. If your schedule and budget are tight, your Project may suffer.
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1 reply by Tahir Saeed Maqbool
Sep 25, 2017 12:13 AM
Tahir Saeed Maqbool
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Exactly Sir, Scope of the project can be a major source of complexity. According to some Project Managers complexities are associated only with Complex Projects, so this argument shows that complexities are associated with scope of the project. Thanks a lot for your valuable words.

Tahir
Sep 23, 2017 9:02 AM
Replying to Dileep Sankar
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Hi Tahir, The question itself is a complex one. Considering a project, the various steps in the cycle face a number of complexities as all the others have mentioned herein. For understanding the complexities in each project, one must analyse each activity and work package, and along with assistance of SMEs' complexities can be categorized and studied individually.

All the best for your thesis.
Thanks a lot Dileep Sankar for your kind words...

Tahir
Sep 23, 2017 11:18 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Tahir -

Complexity should influence a number of project decisions including:

1. Should we even attempt it?
2. Should we bring in outside help?
3. What level of governance is needed?
4. What degree of tailoring and application of PM processes is required?

As an example, in my most recent full-time role, we modified our methodology tailoring guidance to incorporate complexity on top of the existing cost inputs we had previously used. We determined complexity through a number of project profiling questions which attempted to capture a holistic understanding of this complex (no pun intended) concept.

Kiron
Well said Kiron Bondale..
Your insights will be very helpful for me. Thanks

Tahir
Sep 23, 2017 1:07 PM
Replying to Peter Ambrosy
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This is a very good, but very broad question and difficult to answer in a few words. Have a look into the following PMI Practise Guide for a very good overview of the complexity areas and how to cope with it. The Practise Guide does mention three categories: Human Behavior, System Behavior and Ambiguity.
https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/...ides/complexity
Thanks a lot sir Peter Ambrosy..
My question is broad because i want to see the holistic view of complexities in projects..
Sir would you like to participate in my study as a participant?
Sep 23, 2017 1:40 PM
Replying to Philippe Schuler
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I do agree with Andrew too. Complexity has multidimensional impacts on projects. I would add the complexity comes from the internal and Customer organizations that do not share all the time the same points of view.
Thank you sir for your valuable insights...

Tahir
Sep 23, 2017 9:51 PM
Replying to Fathi Bouali
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The scope of projects can be source of complexity. When your project concerns several organizations from several different countries and cultures and sometimes with incompatible interests. Satisfying all stakeholders becomes difficult.
In such case, intensive communication with all sides requires time and cost. If your schedule and budget are tight, your Project may suffer.
Exactly Sir, Scope of the project can be a major source of complexity. According to some Project Managers complexities are associated only with Complex Projects, so this argument shows that complexities are associated with scope of the project. Thanks a lot for your valuable words.

Tahir
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