A Practical Assessment of Modern IT Project Complexity Management Tools: Taming Positive, Appropriate, Negative Complexity

Stefan Morcov*, Liliane Pintalon, R.J. Kusters

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Abstract

Complexity is ubiquitous in modern engineering and project management. It is traditionally associated with failure. Also, complexity works! It delivers functionality, creativity, innovation. Complexity management contributes to the success of high-risk IT projects, helps better project understanding, allows for better prioritization and planning of resources. Managing negative complexity reduces project risk. Positive and appropriate complexity are catalysts for opportunities. This paper is a qualitative longitudinal study based on multiple industry project cases, consisting in the repeated evaluation of a set of complexity management tools. The tools were deployed in a classical process framework: plan, identify, analyze, plan responses, monitor, and control. The evaluated tools red-flag and measure complexity, analyze its sources and effects, and plan mitigation strategies. The study aims to provide project managers with methods for increasing project success rates and reducing failure in complex IT project environments.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)90-108
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Information Technology Project Management (IJITPM)
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • IT Project
  • Project complexity

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