Leading Complex Projects

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Course Dates

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January 13, 2022

Course Duration

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2 months, online
4-6 hours per week

Course Duration
Note: There will be no live learning sessions during the first full week, though you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and prepare for the program ahead. The capstone completion week will be a dedicated week to enable participants to complete their projects.

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Why Take This Program?

No matter your industry, large-scale projects are necessary to remain competitive and innovative — but they’re also expensive and time-consuming, with a high potential for mismanagement. These types of projects require leaders who understand more than just their goals. They also require an understanding of the sociopolitical, emergent, and structural complexities that are most likely to derail them. UC Berkeley Executive Education's Leading Complex Projects program is designed to help you become more strategic as a project leader by providing the tools and frameworks to help you effectively navigate these complexities and drive successful outcomes for your organization.

2.5%

A PwC study of 10,640 projects by 200 organizations in 30 countries found that only 2.5% of the organizations successfully completed their projects.

SOURCE: Gallup

51%

According to a 2020 report by the Project Management Institute, 51% of organizations require project management professionals to have a certification for their role.

Source: PMI

$119 million

For every $1 billion invested in a project, project management issues cost organizations $119 million. 

SOURCE: PMI

Who Should Attend

This program was designed to help mid- to senior-level professionals across industries drive their projects to success. It is ideal for:

  • Skilled PMP-certified project managers seeking to go beyond traditional PMP courses and to develop a capacity to perform at the highest levels in a global environment
  • Mid- to senior-level managers in technology involved in complex product development
  • Entrepreneurs and consultants looking to improve the success of their projects
  • C-suite executives and senior managers tasked with leading organization-wide projects
  • Other professionals interested in pairing their practical experience with proven frameworks and tools for project management and leadership

Key Takeaways

  • Apply tools, frameworks, and strategies to manage traditional and complex projects.
  • Evaluate and monitor performance in complex projects to achieve business objectives.
  • Implement strategic project planning and risk management methodologies to navigate uncertainty and change.
  • Leverage adaptive leadership in complex projects to drive innovation.
  • Build cohesive teams to improve performance and decision making in complex projects.

Program Topics

This eight-week program provides the tools and strategies that will prepare you to lead through three of the most common types of project complexity — structural, emergent, and sociopolitical — and ensure the success of your organization’s most critical large-scale projects.

Module 1:

From Traditional to Complex Projects: Understanding Complexities

Learn what makes projects complex, how chaos and complexity affect projects, and apply complexity theory to project management.

Module 2:

Strategic Project Management and Complexity Mapping

Explore the three types of project complexity — structural, emergent, and sociopolitical complexities — and use checklist models and weighted scoring models to select and prioritize projects.

Module 3:

Structural Complexities: Responding to the Challenges of Scale and Pace

Learn the five steps to defining a project and how to lead both planned and unplanned urgent projects.

Module 4:

Structural Complexities: Time and Resource Allocation

Assign resources and manage scheduling with the Integrated Project Schedule, and manage large, complex projects with tools, including The Convergence Plan, The Program Tool, and The Program Directorate.

Module 5:

Emergent Complexities: Planning, Monitoring, and Controlling Projects

Explore project management methodologies (traditional, iterative, and adaptive), performance evaluation methods, and learn to use complexity to deal with troubled projects.

Module 6:

Emergent Complexities: Risk Management

Understand the importance and benefits of risk management, explore qualitative and quantitative risk assessment, and learn to deal with complex projects with a large number of dependencies and external factors.

Module 7:

Sociopolitical Complexities: Navigating Power, Politics, and People

Explore stakeholder management and change management, learn to create high-performing teams and build successful virtual teams, and navigate change and uncertainty.

Module 8:

Leading Complex Projects

Understand the ASE leadership framework for leading complex projects — Adaptive Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Entrepreneurial Intelligence — and learn how to govern and leverage complexity.

Module 1:

From Traditional to Complex Projects: Understanding Complexities

Learn what makes projects complex, how chaos and complexity affect projects, and apply complexity theory to project management.

Module 5:

Emergent Complexities: Planning, Monitoring, and Controlling Projects

Explore project management methodologies (traditional, iterative, and adaptive), performance evaluation methods, and learn to use complexity to deal with troubled projects.

Module 2:

Strategic Project Management and Complexity Mapping

Explore the three types of project complexity — structural, emergent, and sociopolitical complexities — and use checklist models and weighted scoring models to select and prioritize projects.

Module 6:

Emergent Complexities: Risk Management

Understand the importance and benefits of risk management, explore qualitative and quantitative risk assessment, and learn to deal with complex projects with a large number of dependencies and external factors.

Module 3:

Structural Complexities: Responding to the Challenges of Scale and Pace

Learn the five steps to defining a project and how to lead both planned and unplanned urgent projects.

Module 7:

Sociopolitical Complexities: Navigating Power, Politics, and People

Explore stakeholder management and change management, learn to create high-performing teams and build successful virtual teams, and navigate change and uncertainty.

Module 4:

Structural Complexities: Time and Resource Allocation

Assign resources and manage scheduling with the Integrated Project Schedule, and manage large, complex projects with tools, including The Convergence Plan, The Program Tool, and The Program Directorate.

Module 8:

Leading Complex Projects

Understand the ASE leadership framework for leading complex projects — Adaptive Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Entrepreneurial Intelligence — and learn how to govern and leverage complexity.

Capstone Project: The two-month Leading Complex Projects program culminates with a capstone project in which you create a strategy to navigate structural, emergent, and sociopolitical complexities of your own project.

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Program Experience

Videos

Videos

Reflections

Reflections

Polls

Polls

Discussions

Discussions

Try-it activities

Try-It Activities

Crowd-sourced activities

Crowdsourced activities

Quizzes

Quizzes

Assignments

Assignments

Peer Reviews

Peer Reviews

Capstone

Capstone

Case Studies

Case Studies

Notable Guest Speakers

Notable Guest Speakers

Live Sessions

Live Sessions

Live Office Hours

Live Office Hours

Demonstrations

Demonstrations

Simulations

Simulations

Program Faculty

Faculty Member Omar Romero-Hernandez

Omar Romero-Hernandez

Continuing Lecturer; Business and Social Impact | Operations and IT Management | Sustainability

Omar Romero-Hernandez is a continuing lecturer in the Haas Operations and IT Management Group and the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Haas School of Business. He leads the Advanced Project Management Practice for the Graduate Programs... More info

Faculty Member Homa Bahrami

Homa Bahrami

Senior Lecturer; Management of Organizations

Homa Bahrami is an international educator, advisor, board member, and author, specializing in organizational flexibility, team alignment, and dynamic leadership in global, knowledge-based industries. She is a senior lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and a faculty director at the Haas Center for Executive Education, and has served on the Board of the Haas Center for Teaching Excellence... More info

Participant Testimonials

The fireside chats were a highlight of the program, as they were related to practical experiences. The simulation exercise in module seven was also great, as it offered an understanding of practical application of the information in the module.

— Deshnidevi Govender, Fragrance Manager, Beiersdorf

The modules were really clear with related visuals to support conceptual understanding. I like the application-based assignments for each module that required us to apply the concepts to our own work.

— Shivesh Puri, Principal, Rocketship Public Schools

It was great to learn from the variety of experiences and perspectives within the cohort, from instructors, and from fireside chats.

— Jennifer Cecil, Project Manager, The Davenport Group

Professor Omar was excellent! He is a great presenter and very approachable.

— Laura Schaefer, Chief Operating Officer, ProtoCall Services

Case Studies

To get a clear understanding of how businesses mitigate risks and achieve project goals, you will examine several case studies involving these prominent companies:

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Autodesk

Learn how Autodesk adopted Integrated Project Delivery for risk management and multi-objective optimization in building projects.

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CarMax

Learn how the largest used vehicle retailer in the US has undertaken a major digital transformation to become a customer-centric, product-driven organization.

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PFM Devices

Learn how a traditional organization is transformed into an agile one.

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Sattva eTech

Learn how Sattva eTech manages uncertainty in the project network through the design, prototyping, and manufacturing of embedded system products.

Path to Alumni Benefits

Enrolling in the Leading Complex Projects program is your first step toward the Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE). You will have access to a private global network of more than 41,000 UC Berkeley alumni in more than 80 countries, along with exclusive benefits available only to UC Berkeley alumni who have completed the Certificate of Business Excellence:

Networking and events

  • Join local alumni chapters or clubs in your region
  • Participate in the annual Berkeley Haas Alumni Conference
  • Attend select UC Berkeley Haas and Berkeley Executive Education networking events open to the COBE community

Berkeley resources

  • Activate an @haas.executivealumni.berkeley.edu email forwarding address
  • Enjoy a 30% discount on eligible programs after completion of your COBE program
  • Gain online access to the Long Business Library and other university databases

News and communication

  • A one-year complimentary digital subscription to California Management Review
  • Berkeley Haas Alumni newsletter
  • Berkeley Haas Alumni Jobs e-Newsletter featuring job postings from distinguished employers
  • Haas Insights offering the latest research and thought leadership from industry speakers and faculty

Note: All benefits subject to change.

Certificate

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Certificate

Get recognized! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants. Participants must complete 80% of the required activities, including a capstone project (if any), to obtain the certificate of completion. This program also counts toward a Certificate of Business Excellence.

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Note: This program results in a digital certificate of completion and is not eligible for degree credit/CEUs. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of UC Berkeley Executive Education.

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