We typically see five elements to project complexity.
Technical complexity (lots of parts and lots of interconnections)
Schedule or time constraint complexity (there is no time to sit back and re-plan sensibly and any disruptions need working-around immediately)
When your actions have effects that are difficult to predict or are unexpected (so there are likely to be many changes or disruptions)
The key to recognising complexity is to analyse and understand it. The key to managing complexity is to understand where the complexity originates and ensure that a strategy is put in place up front to manage each element of complexity identified by the analysis.
Life was once so simple when you constructed large, tangible objects, with your own two hands, for a single customer. A customer who handed you money for a job well done, who then told others; who in turn handed you more money for more jobs well done. But that was the past, and this is now.
How do you know if you need a project management solution?
Is there a lack of clearly defined authority and responsibility for overall project performance that sets the stage for a broad range of problems and complications as the project proceeds?
2. Is there a lack of clarity regarding project scope causing project
goals to become “moving targets” resulting in cost and time
3. Do you have difficulty in tracking project costs precisely
leading to overruns before the project is concluded?
4. Are milestones or results vaguely defined and difficult to
5. Is there a lack of control over changes or an inability to
monitor, track and accurately account for changes in project
requirements or scope?
6. Is it difficult to objectively assess and document project
successes, failures and lessons learned?
The following are just a few of the essential steps we can help you achieve:
Enhance or establish a project management office best practice with repeatable standards and methodology
Improve communication with effective and timely project reporting to all levels of management and other internal/external stakeholders
Reduce project-related risks and cost/time over-runs
Work with employees and contractors alike to improve resource efficiency and quality, people and information management
Upgrade supervisory and management skills at all levels of our client’s organisation
ASSEMBLE PROJECT TEAM: Combined Sterling Development and client team
PROJECT SCOPE: Define what's included and excluded
ADDITIONS: Resources, Costs, Risks
LAUNCH: Project commencement
PROJECT OBJECTIVES: Define and list objectives by hierarchical level
INITIAL PLAN: Construct clear plan of actions
COMMITMENT: Obtain stakeholder buy-in
PROGRESS: Manage updates, adjust and re-plan where necessary
Do all parts of your organisation work together in an interrelated, easily understood, model?