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Conquering Complexity in Projectland

You’ll get an inside perspective on challenges, how to organize complex projects with confidence, and bring people together to work collaboratively.

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Conquering Complexity in Projectland
Conquering Complexity in Projectland

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Feb 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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The truth is that most projects fail, and complex projects are even more likely to run over budget, over time, and fail to deliver expected results. Epic project failures have plagued even the largest, most well-known brands. In fact, A PwC study of over 10,640 projects found that only 2.5% of companies complete their projects 100% successfully. 

Since initiatives or projects are formed because results are expected, NOT delivering can quickly become detrimental to your career. On the flip side, doing a great job on projects can boost your visibility and be a great opportunity to accelerate your standing in any organization. 


So how can you become part of that tiny 2.5%?  


In this episode, we’ll be exploring that very idea with Mark Burnett, Son of the Caribbean, who has managed complex projects across 19+ countries (~30+ sister islands). You’ll get an inside perspective on challenges, how to organize complex projects with confidence, and bring people together to work collaboratively. Because teamwork really does make the dream work and avoid the stuff of Projectland nightmares. 


We’ll aim to answer the following popular questions: 

  1. What makes a project “complex”?  
  2. What is the Project Management Office (PMO)’s role related to complex projects?  
  3. What recommendations might help us to deliver complex projects successfully more often?  
  4. What are the best methods or methodologies to help manage a complex project? 
  5. How do you successfully drive results in cultures that are more relaxed?

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Mark Burnett, PMP, CSAPM, EngrPEngPE® SMC®

Named a Top Project Management Voice on LinkedIn, Mark Burnett specializes in helping clients avoid the 'PAINFUL' business exercise of organizing and delivering complex projects with confidence. Mark specializes in taking clients from a point of chaos, solving their biggest pain points, and assisting them in achieving their business goals. He is also a master at helping clients improve the way they work and quickly create stunning roadmaps and timelines.

Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, this Son of the Caribbean talks frequently about leading complex projects and believes that they should be given the proper respect, with prioritization and standardization as keys to successful delivery. Having worked in immensely high-pressure situations with Ericsson and other technology operators, Mark deployed a range of enterprise-class projects. He had customer-centric focus on medium to high-risk priorities, and his involvement extended across a wide range of digital infrastructures and utility-scale solar construction. He managed large-scale infrastructure rollouts; negotiating with external partners, leading cross-functional teams, implementing 4204+ ICT stations, and accelerating mobile-user experiences in over 19+ countries across the Caribbean and Central America.

Mark is an accredited Electronics Engineer (EngrPEngPE®) and Agile Project Management Professional (SMC®, PMI-PMP®, IAPM-CSAPM®). His multicultural exposure has given him deep interests in: Business Transformation and Management Consulting. He has been an active Mentor with recognition of outstanding contributions to the community. Mark has guided teams to create meaningful solutions, and imparted his knowledge to professionals at the University of the West Indies. He is also the Host and Organizer of The PMO Leader Digital Transformation Series. Each episode highlights topics for Digital leaders and their PM teams to improve effectiveness.

Dawn Mahan, PMP

International Speaker, Award-winning Consultant, Founder Project Guru Academy and PMOtraining, LLC.

Dawn is a dynamic international speaker, award-winning consultant, chief gamification geek and founder of She is sole inventor of ProjectFlo®, which makes learning PMI PMBOK Guide fast, easy and fun! She works with C-level leaders, business owners in growth mode, PMO Leaders and project managers at all levels. Her work in preparing young professionals in the YearUp program for internships at major companies has been featured in Morningstar, Yahoo! Finance and more.

In 2009, Dawn left a Fortune 50 company to start her first project management consulting and training company. In 2017, she launched to expand her unique approach to the digital realm. Through her signature programs, she enjoys helping high-integrity, ambitious professionals get to the next level in their career faster and with less stress. Look for her upcoming book: Meet the Players in Projectland: Decide the Right Project Roles & Get People On Board. When she's not in Projectland, you can probably find her in the Florida Keys or Philadelphia.

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