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Advanced Project Management Training

Leading Complex Projects


Ein gutes Training. Einige Punkte kann ich direkt um- bzw. einsetzen.

Senior Project Manager, B. Braun Melsungen AG


Der Kurs hat meine Erwartungen erfüllt.

Prozessingenieur, Vibracoustic GmbH


Dieses Seminar bietet alles, was man von einen Seminar erwartet. Sehr gute Aufbereitung eines schwierigen Themas und noch bessere Werkzeuge, die auch gut anwendbar sind. Dies war das beste Seminar bisher.

Projektmanager, TETRA GmbH


The case study proposed it turn out to be ambiguous in co-relation to the content of the unit, to have the team exercises completed. From the lecturer his experience and proactive conversation gave the team a lot of "take home" knowledge. The printed material is useful and I have parts which I can use in my regular work.

Project Manager, ABB Switzerland


Das Seminar hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Gute Gruppenübungen und anschauliche Vorstellung eines interessanten Konzepts.



Course discussions were insightful and the best aspect of the course was team exercises/case studies. I don't think the theme of the course was easy and straight-forward to be taught off the book, so I felt the tutor had a challenging job, but he did well implementing a lot of team exercises. Also, the qualtiy of the course was helped thanks to all the delegates being experienced PMs, which has added value to the couse by sharing experiences. If there were less experienced PMs in the class, then it may have impacted the outcome of the course. (But that is my personal view)

Project Manager, HSBC


Very insightful and inspiring course. Offering new conceptual view on the current/real business environment and new tools to apply on top of traditional project management.

GOSCE IT Team Lead, Cargill



Project Manager, Ericsson


4 Sterne für diesen Kurs!

Systemarchitekt, avateramedical GmbH


4 Sterne für diesen Kurs!

Project Manager, Tetra Pak


4,5 Sterne für diesen Kurs!

Project Manager, Qatar Foundation

Brilliant course to understand Complex Projects and how to manage complexity during the whole project management life cycle. The course helped us to think out of box to reach the edge of chaos.

Regional Deployment Manager, Motorola Kuwait

Essential for the experienced project manager who needs direction on managing the seemingly unmanageable.

Have you ever taken on a project that appeared just too complex to handle? Just trying to identify the multitude of variables to be managed, let alone to anticipate how they might interact to create unexpected challenges, can be overwhelming. So how do you determine the true complexity, with a clear understanding of the variables involved and move forward to develop a project management plan that provides the right level of control and flexibility for success?

Leading a complex project requires a new way of thinking—a new approach to applying known project management techniques and tools. Leading Complex Projects provides an innovative approach to assess project complexity and to deploy the best techniques to achieve success.

You will learn to use our unique Complexity Indicator and Complex Project Model to increase your effectiveness in controlling the complexity in your project. The Complex Project Model provides valuable insight into the variables that create the complexity of your particular project. It enables you to select existing tools from a new point of view that both limits the level of complexity and leverages use of the remaining complexity for positive results—in short, to stack the odds of success in your favour!

The exercises and readings are designed to give you hands-on experience from a new perspective while determining the true level of project complexity and using complexity to assist rather than hinder progress. Among the tools provided is an automated template of our Complexity Indicator. Using your answers to the questions in the Complexity Indicator, this tool automatically calculates your project’s complexity level, and plots the strengths and weaknesses of your project against the nine areas of PMBOK® Guide. This course is a must for the experienced project manager who needs a leg up in managing the seemingly unmanageable!

Reminder: It is highly recommended that participants already have practical project management experience and a thorough understanding of project management tools and techniques.

What topics will be covered in the course?

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  1. Understanding Complexity in Projects
    1. Elements of complexity theory
    2. Complexity
    3. Self-organisation
    4. Emergence
    5. Nonlinear dynamics
    6. Open/closed systems
    7. Leadership approaches and ­techniques
    8. Competencies
    9. Behaviors
    10. Leaders in complexity
  2. The Complex Project Model and Process
    1. Complex Project Model
    2. Complex Project Process
    3. Knowledge of complexity
    4. Communication
    5. Leadership
    6. Project management
  3. Determining Project Complexity
    1. Complexity Indicator
    2. Assessing complexity levels
    3. Applying the indicator
  4. Communicating Project Complexity
    1. Communication platforms
    2. Risk and risk response
    3. Change management
    4. Problem solving
  5. Designing for Complex Projects
    1. OBS, PBS, WBS
    2. Design tasks
    3. Planning for project execution
  6. Governing Project Complexity
    1. Leadership levels
    2. Clear vision
    3. Principles for leading complex projects
    4. Disciplines for leading complex projects

What will I learn?

  • Adopt leadership techniques to increase the probability of your success
  • Apply the concepts of complexity science to project management
  • Use the Complexity Indicator Tool to assess your project’s complexity level
  • Create an innovative framework for managing project complexity using the Complex Project Management Model

Is this course for me?

This course is essential for experienced Project Managers who currently manage, or those who wish to manage, complex projects and need direction and new approaches to deal with complexity.

What is included in the price?

All Digital Course Materials

The book Surfing the Edge of Chaos

The workbook Learning Style Inventory

Lunch, snacks, and refreshments on all course days

Online tools and templates

Individual training consultation before and after the course

Does this course help me towards certification/accreditation?

At the end of the course all delegates will receive a certificate. This course is also eligible if you aim to achieve an Associate’s or Master’s Certificate from George Washington University. Learn more.

Available as customised in-house training

Let us bring our classes to you! Our in-house training are ideal for groups of 10 or more people. We can provide Off-the-shelf training in the form of our classic courses, or we can provide bespoke training, tailored to your organisational goals and objectives.

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