Project Management: Driving Complexity

3rd PMI® Italian Academic Workshop

The PMI Italian Academic workshop is an event in which scholars and practitioners will work intensively on the topic of project complexity through a cooperation between industry’s experience and academics’ rigorousness towards the goal. The workshop aims to support participants to develop their researches to a further stage through in-depth discussions.

TOPIC OF THE WORKSHOP

Contemporary organizations are undertaking increasingly complex projects in globalized, uncertain and dynamic environments. The proliferation of multi-organizational international programs, the emergence of new technologies, the growing sophistication of projects’ scope characterized by challenging technical, time and cost requirements and the increasing number of stakeholders involved are only some of the factors that increase or generate project complexity.

During last decade, scholars and practitioners proposed different ways to deal with project complexity. Some authors support the philosophy of simplification suggesting the use of pre-established schemes, different tools and advanced skills or even the use of simplified methodologies, which require a proactive approach. Another way consists in recognizing complexity and “navigating” it, being aware of the inevitable criticalities and threats, in order to develop distinctive technical, organizational and individual capabilities for successfully driving complexity factors.

Enhancing the understanding of what project complexity is and delineating the technical, environmental, and organizational attributes of projects that increase or generate complexity can be fundamental steps towards the identification of drivers that cause complexity and consequences for project management performance.

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) in the book Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide (2014) formally recognizes the fundamental issue of managing complex projects by exploring the elements that underlie their complexity and suggesting some practical solutions to respond to the challenges of project complexity. Furthermore, recently the PMI has updated its body of knowledge to the sixth edition highlighting competencies required by project management practitioners to manage complex projects.

The PMI® Italian Academic Workshop is an event in which scholars and practitioners will work intensively on the topic of project complexity through a cooperation between industry’s experience and academics’ rigorousness towards the goal. The workshop aims to support participants to develop their researches to a further stage through in-depth discussions.