Managing and Delivering Complex Projects

When running any business, project management is a necessity and the difference between the success of a business and crumbling chaos.


Projects in business that are long term, costly, critical and complex in their nature require sufficient management techniques to ensure their success and in today’s modern business world the traditional methods of project management will fail to have effect.


Network’s, communities, key partnerships and of course competitors are the norm for any of today’s businesses and inevitably the technological systems used are far more complex which is why, for businesses to maintain the wanted success in their sectors; complex project management must ensue. Thus the International Centre for Complex Project Management was launched in 2008 to assist with the struggles faced by today’s growing businesses; an initiative launched to improve the international business market’s ability to manage complexity.


Within traditional project management there are a few specifically vital areas that businesses crucially pinpoint; planning, control, budget, staff and organisation with a project manager to oversee fellow team members and their workload but with complex project management a different path must be taken.


Complex project management relies more on leadership; because of the complexity it is vital that key experts, rather then project managers, are in place. With key experts in place, the element of control is replaced with collaboration rather then having a project manager in place to dictate tasks to team members; specific key experts collaborating in teams to guide the project will provide more success and far more results.


It must be noted that simplistic methods of project management will not suffice for projects of such complexity; they should be approached with sheer expertise and joint effort in order for results to be achieved.


As with all projects, a process of control will of course be required. All parties working together must be aware of the specifications, the project plan that will consist of the time, those involved, the resources and the tools available. Delegation should be removed from the process of complex project management and in its place should be leadership collaboration.


With any project, be it complex or simple, to ensure success there must be a clear business objective, ask yourself; ‘what is the purpose of the project?’ Make sure you have a business model in place; these are common techniques used in project management and can be extremely useful when budgeting project plans and are equally as useful for keeping track on individual tasks. From start to finish, tools such as the Gnatt Chart and spreadsheets are essential to ensure that everything is accounted for and that everything is on task – a determining factor for the success of a project.


Whatever your business idea, try to think outside of the box. Your project will no doubt be designed for the success and growth of your business but always be aware that there is room for betterment, always be open to new ideas and this is why, before beginning anything, in depth research is essential. Don’t just wake up one morning and decide on a set project idea, instead spend time trying to find out how it will affect your business, what do your customers/clients and employees think? Once you have the answers and have discovered the effect of your project..only then can it begin to bear fruit.


Complex projects are large, time consuming, costly and will more often then not pose challenges but with leadership, collaboration and a clear business objective and model; time and dedication will only see the fruition and success of the project and the inevitable growth of your business.


No matter how complex the project; a clear focus and patience is a must.