If you know what complexity mean, you don’t need to check it on this link.
But, when talking about Projects, when can we define them complex? A useful method that can be taken in consideration when assessing projects is made up by 4 different areas, and each of them has different shapes and reasons that contribute to make a project complex:
- Dimension: it can refer to Team (is bigger than usual? smaller?), Budget and time.
- Innovation: it refers to how new is the product/process that we want to create with the project
- Instability: how likely the scope of the project will change (is changing) during the project?
- Hostility: given by adverse stakeholders, the visibility on all the phases and activities of the project or challenging constraints.
A good way to mix these 4 dimensions is to assign to each of them a value between 1-10 and, if you use these metrics during all your projects you will have a rational scale to compare projects and approach them differently based on how complex that will look.
Here a matrix that shows the relation between the different areas
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