Simple, Complex, Messy and how to tell the difference for IT projects

Thanks to a Best Practices Paper written for ESI late in 2011, the opportunity to reflect and distill: Keeping it simple.

  1. Are there many parties involved?
  2. Are there many parts/modules/systems?
  3. Would you describe the functionality/services expected from the system as more complex that a good Mercedes?
  4. Do you expect people to use the IT systems?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these, your project is likely to be complex. If you answered ‘Yes’ to the 4th question, your project is also messy. For more, send me an email and I’ll share the highlights of the Best Practices Report.

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