Complexity Conquered

Does your project ecosystem sabotage your own project managers?

Posted by Andrew Wegener on Jun 27, 2018 10:44:51 AM

Projects fail — a lot. Nearly half of all projects fail to meet time, cost and quality requirements. Eighty-four percent of projects don’t meet all success criteria and 9 in 10 projects go over budget. In fact, only 2% of organisations don’t experience any kind of project failure (Standish Group; McKinsey; PwC).

In the last 20 years, organisations – both public and private – have invested heavily in improving their capability to deliver projects. Yet project success rates have only improved by 10% or less. Having a PMO isn’t a silver bullet either – they only reduce the failure rate by 8% (PMI).

Over the same period, ‘projectisation’ has continued to gain prominence as a means of delivering core elements of business strategy.

It stands to reason then, that if you’re delivering your strategy though projects, your Project Delivery System is either a competitive constraint or a competitive advantage.  And the way yours works can be a key driver of success (or not).

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Topics: Project Performance

Soft capabilities underpin hard outcomes

Posted by Martin Neep on May 23, 2018 3:43:19 PM

Helmsman recently worked with an Australian resources company with international operations in remote and inhospitable environments.

Effectively managing operations ‘in the field’ is an essential part of this business. Managing their equipment and assets, and ensuring operational efficiency on-site has a direct effect on financial results.


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Topics: Project Performance, Project Controls, Project Competencies, Operating Model

Lets talk about improving project performance

Posted by Helmsman Ed on Dec 4, 2017 3:45:07 PM


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Topics: Complexity, Project Performance, Project Controls

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

'Complexity is the new norm' at Convergence

Posted by Helmsman Ed on Feb 24, 2017 2:53:22 PM

We’re delighted that our own Enrique Ugarte will be discussing how 'Complexity is the new norm' at the Convergence Australia conference in Canberra on March 7-9. Alongside a range of highly regarded speakers, Enrique will outline the need for a structured understanding of how different environments drive complexity based on the key findings from Helmsman's multi-year research project into project complexity. He'll also look at how to identify focus areas for change, and the implications for leaders when scoping, planning and executing change and other projects.

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Topics: Complexity, Project Performance, Project Controls, change

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

9 years of project complexity research. One powerful Diagnostic.

Posted by Helmsman Ed on Nov 28, 2016 4:37:21 PM

Conquering complexity is a passion at Helmsman, and is fundamental to how we deliver sustained, tangible outcomes for organisations.

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Topics: Complexity, Project Performance, Project Controls