Introduction to Complexity
* This course is offered in-house only. A minimum of number of 12 participants applies.
“The parts that make [project] complexity difficult to assess are in the two areas hardest to measure: People and their abilities, and work environment.”
Johanna Rothman, consultant, speaker, and author
While not all projects are complex, identifying the elements and processes that contribute to complexity help us understand why too many complex projects fail, and how to more effectively manage complexity. So, what defines a complex project, how do you recognise when you’re in one, and what are some approaches to manage the project successfully?
This course is for people who are new to complexity theory. It will introduce you to some basic terminology and concepts around the work environment such as the difference between a simple, complicated and complex project.
This course aims to build on the skills and knowledge of people working within the field of people management or project/program management, raising awareness of the types of complexities faced by organisations. Participants will be exposed to modern management theories, frameworks and tools in the context of complex and dynamic environments.
By the end of this 1 day workshop, participants will:
Have an introductory understanding to complexity thinking as an essential and complimentary skillset to traditional management practices;
Understand the difference in terminology between a simple, complicated and complex;
Have had an introduction to a sense making framework to determine whether you are dealing with a simple, complicated, complex of chaotic problem context and how best to respond.
Be able to recognise the presence and varying scales of complexity;
Have insight into the impact of complexity across teams/projects/organisations;
Have been exposed to modern training, tools, frameworks and methodologies to aid appropriate responses to complexity;
Have gained an introduction to the international Complex Project Manager Competency Standards and the identification of essential future skills for successful project & management professionals;
Understand how efficient and timely identification and response to complexity can save time, money and increase success to meet organisational goals and objectives.