What Makes a Project Complex?

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Across the globe, awareness of the urgent need to improve the delivery of complex projects is emerging. Research, as well as practitioner experience, indicates that traditional, linear project management methods, tools and techniques, while still necessary, are often insufficient to manage the complexities of 21st century projects. We must ask, however, what exactly makes a project complex, and if all projects are complex.


This webinar is for project managers of all experience levels and will unpack the importance of complexity awareness, in relation to projects, programs and portfolios. During this 1-hour webinar, participants will learn:

  • What is a complex project?
  • What are some of the characteristics of complex projects?
  • What can escalate a project from a simple state to a complex state?
  • Why is it important to be able to respond to project complexity?
  • Tips to know when you are dealing with a complex project


Collin Smith

Collin Smith has over 23 years of commercial and management experience in a variety of senior roles across various industry sectors. Before moving to Australia, Collin spent 8 years as a Director and Principal Consultant for a boutique business transformation management consultancy in South Africa with a particular focus on strategy development and change management. Collin’s Australian experience includes working for Queensland University of Technology where his responsibilities included the program management of QUT’s Executive MBA in Complex Project Leadership in Canberra as well as a series of customised customer specific and public executive education courses. More recently, he was a Principal Consultant and business transformation practice lead for a local Canberra based consulting firm before joining ICCPM.