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Managing Complex Projects by Kathleen B. Hass

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CHAPTER 8Appropriate Project Cycles for Highly Complex Projects

“Welcome a certain amount of complexity and churn because it creates a chemical reaction that jars creative thinking.”

—COLLEEN YOUNG, VP AND DISTINGUISHED ANALYST AND IT ADVISER,GARTNER

As depicted in the Project Complexity Model, highly complex projects are typically designed to bring about large-scale, enterprise-wide change, and both the problem and the solution may be difficult to define, understand, or achieve. In addition, they are likely to be long in duration (more than six months) and may be staffed with inadequately seasoned project leadership and more than ten internal and external team members who use differing project management methods. The team on a highly complex ...

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