If you are managing something complex, don’t take too much pride in it.  Find a way to manage the complexity.  Find a way to reduce the risk by reducing the complexity.  If something is just too complex, it will just become unmanageable.  In project management, I suggest breaking the complexity of the project by managing tasks in much smaller units.


This is a fascinating article on Complexity from Harvard Business Review Blog.  It shows interesting lessons in risk management.  A key lessons, by making everything overly complex through excessive governance, risk management and control, we are actually increasing the complexity and thus increasing the risk and not reducing it.


Want to Build Resilience? Kill the Complexity

by Andrew Zolli  |   8:00 AM September 26, 2012

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In the end, if we are experts, we should be able to understand it and explain it in a simple way.

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein