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Unit of study_

PMGT3858: Adapting to Project Context

Complex projects have always existed, but their frequency and importance are increasing in a complex, intertwined world. 'Complex' is qualitatively different from 'complicated. ' Complex projects are characterised by a web of interactions between their elements that lead to non-linearity, emergence, adaptiveness and other novel features. That is to say, they behave as Complex Adaptive Systems, and they should be managed as such. The majority of projects demonstrate some degree of complexity. The traditional model of projects is expressed in standard methodologies such as PMBoK, Prince2, and MS Project. While absolutely necessary as a basis for effective project management, the limitations of these methodologies become evident when uncertainty - structural, technical, directional or temporal - begins to intrude on a project. In these situations, a systemic pluralist approach is to be preferred. Project management then becomes less like painting by numbers, and more like selecting from a rich and broad palette of methods, tools and techniques. Such competencies can make a substantial difference, in a complex world with an unacceptably high rate of project failure.

Code PMGT3858
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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PMGT2854
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explore the development and effectiveness of PM governance criteria within different organisational contexts and cultures
  • LO2. demonstrate how the project is aligned with internal reporting and control processes within different project contexts
  • LO3. critically evaluate PM approaches, propose alternatives or adaptations and communicate appropriately with senior management
  • LO4. identify and implement change and transformation requirements related to the project
  • LO5. assess project complexity and its consequences for the approach
  • LO6. demonstrate understanding of how methodologies are constructed, selected and implemented at an enterprise-wide level
  • LO7. identify essential differences between methods commonly used in a range of different contexts.

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