October 10, 2009 – Kathleen B. Hass, author
Managing Complex Projects: A New Model
has been awarded the Project Management Institute (PMI®)
David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award for her progression of
international project management practices.
The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management
Literature Award recognizes an author for advancing the project management
knowledge, practices, procedures, concepts or techniques that demonstrate
the value of using project management.
The publication may be on historical, current or
As needs change and challenges grow, project
management continues to evolve to meet 21st
century demands. In Managing Complex Projects: A New Model,
a groundbreaking study of complex project management, Ms. Hass addresses
what it takes for an organization to thrive, indeed to survive, in an
environment rife with uncertainty. Ms. Hass offers a method for dramatically
improving the performance of today’s large-scale projects. She shows how
complexity thinking can complement conventional project management
approaches to enable project managers and leadership teams to manage
large-scale initiatives successfully.
Ms. Hass has developed a
Complexity Model that empowers project
decision-makers to assess a project’s various complexity dimensions,
determine the project’s complexity profile, and apply appropriate techniques
to maximize successful results. By applying a simple project complexity
formula, the project manager can tailor an approach that takes into account
the project’s dynamic features, such as team composition and performance;
the urgency and flexibility of cost, time, and scope; strategic importance
and political implications; and levels of organizational and commercial
The simplicity of the model is what makes it so
artful—and useful. The
Project Complexity Model
provides a framework for diagnosing complexity on a wide range of projects.
Depending on the level of complexity of a particular project, the reader is
guided through a straightforward process designed to ensure that the most
suitable project leader is selected and the most appropriate project cycle
is used. Ms. Hass then turns to a project’s complexity dimensions, offering
practical suggestions for adopting a management approach that responds to
each successfully. She addresses the complexity dimensions of large,
long-duration projects; large, dispersed, culturally diverse project teams;
highly innovative, urgent projects; ambiguous business problems,
opportunities, and solutions; projects with poorly understood, volatile
requirements; high-visibility strategic projects; large-scale change
initiatives; projects with significant risks, dependencies, and external
constraints; and projects with a high level of IT complexity.
Throughout the book Ms. Hass draws on the ideas of
thought leaders in the field of project management who are grappling with
the new challenges that complex projects are increasingly being called on to
address. She explores the best current thinking about managing projects; she
then builds on that foundation by developing her own framework for taking
the management of complex projects to the next level of thinking and
accomplishment. She does it all from the perspective of a seasoned project
manager who understands global 21st
century demands and the practical, day-to-day challenges that project
managers face in meeting those demands.
“The PMI Awards Program recognizes excellence in project management across a
broad array of categories for organizations, individuals, community
advancement and our chapters and their volunteers,” said Gregory Balestrero,
president and CEO of PMI. “Winning this award is a testament to the
value project management brings to our varied stakeholders.”
The PMI David I. Cleland Project Management
Literature Award was presented on 10 October during the PMI Awards Ceremony
Global Congress 2009—North America in Orlando, Fla.
About Project Management Institute (PMI)
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its founding 40 years ago, PMI has impacted more than one million
practitioners, businesses, governments, students and training organizations.
Today, PMI’s products and services range from world-class standards for
project, program and portfolio management to five professional credentials,
including the gold standard Project Management Professional (PMP)®.
PMI’s exclusive Global Corporate Council and European Corporate Networking
Group engage large multinationals and government organizations in endorsing
the value of project management. The only project management association
with an established academic research program, PMI has invested more than
US$14 million in support of dozens of research projects since 1997. Learn
more at PMI.org.
About the Author
Kathleen B. (Kitty) Hass, PMP is the President and
Principal Consultant for Kathleen Hass & Associates, Inc., a practice that
specialized in building mature business practices including: strategy
execution, project management and business analysis. Kitty also serves on
the board of directors and the senior leadership team for IIBA,
International Institute of Business Analysis.
Kitty is a prominent presenter at industry conferences, author and
Her expertise includes
BA/PM organizational maturity assessments and BA/PM competency and workforce
evaluations; IT strategic planning; implementing and managing PMOs, BACOEs,
and portfolio management processes; leading technology and
software-intensive projects; executive coaching, building and leading
strategic project teams, and managing large complex programs.
Ms. Hass has over 25 years experience providing professional services
to Federal agencies, the intelligence community, and various Fortune 500
In addition to the
PMP, certifications include:
Baldrige National Quality Program examiner, and Zenger-Miller
In addition to this award-winning book, she has authored numerous white
papers and articles on leading edge business practices, the
Analysis Essential Library series, and contributed to
The 77 Deadly
Sins of Project Management.
Feel free to contact Kitty for information about her services, including a
Complex Project Management Interactive
Workshop based on this award-winning book.
Kitty can be reached at:
and at her Website,
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