When beginning the review of large complex systems, the author's first thought was that the most important thing to do was simply to figure out how to eliminate the complexity. Based on the two years of review, the author is convinced that eliminating the complexity is not possible. One needs to accept complexity as a part of the systems development world for the future. The size of projects that affect the enterprise as a whole tends to be large and it will continue to increase. A project that affects the entire enterprise will increase complexity. Only when one accepts the complexity can one come to grips with managing that complexity.

Finally, today's business environment — with its increasing focus on business partners, virtual enterprises, and the global span of business — makes complexity a reality that cannot be overcome. Delivering quality solutions in this environment must start with a recognition that complexity is inescapable. From that point, then one initiates a set of strategies to manage the complexity and risk. There is no "silver bullet" in these strategies. The three points discussed in this article are examples of such strategies. Each one of them is necessary; but none of them alone is sufficient to guarantee success. From a base of well-defined and -directed strategies, managing the ongoing complexity must become the focus on management in such large complex systems.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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