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The PMO’s leadership role in conquering complexity

Posted by Brad Kerwin on May 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Project complexity is most commonly considered by organisations on a project-by-project basis.  This is important as the drivers of complexity are often defined by the unique challenges the project sets out to overcome

However, the Project Management Office (PMO) can play a critical role in extending their organisation’s capability to successfully handle complexity.  Common PMO goals include raising project success rates, effective portfolio planning, growing capability through access to specialist resources, providing cost savings through standardization, and improving project schedule and budget achievement.

The PMO’s view - of multiple projects from the past, those in-flight, and in the pipeline, across different business areas and project types, with qualified success rates - allows PMO’s to make five significant contributions to conquering complexity:

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Topics: Project Performance, Project Controls, Project Competencies, Complexity Cliff, PMO

Is your project going over the complexity cliff?

Posted by Brad Kerwin on Mar 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

What’s a Complexity Cliff?

Helmsman’s 9-year research into the impact of complexity on project outcomes has uncovered a specific and consistent scenario where the likelihood of project success plummets – The Complexity Cliff.

This finding came from analysis that established an objective and accurate measure for assessing complexity – the Helmsman Complexity Scale. The Complexity Scale is used similar to how the Richter Scale is applied for building projects.

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Topics: Complexity, Project Controls, Project Competencies, Complexity Cliff

Effectively manage project complexity in three steps

Posted by Brad Kerwin on Jan 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Knowing your project is complex is one thing. Effectively managing its complexity is something else. In this article, we look at how to manage the complexity in your project.


“The critical first step is understanding the complexity of the project”

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Topics: Complexity, Project Controls, Project Competencies

When you understand project complexity, you can conquer it

Posted by Brad Kerwin on Dec 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Its no surprise ‘complex’ projects are becoming prevalent in Australian and global project management.  Navigating sophisticated technology, broadening (and vocal) stakeholder groups, and long project-delivery timelines can ‘shift’ requirements and challenge the ability of project managers and sponsors to deliver on project outcomes.

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Topics: Complexity, Project Performance, Project Controls