30th January 2020

Knowledge Type

Major Projects Association Report


, Major Projects Association

Major Project


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Comparing and contrasting unique major projects with those that are replicable


By their very nature all projects are unique, but are some more unique than others? Across the Major Projects Association membership major projects vary widely, from IT projects through containment buildings for highly experimental nuclear facilities to rail systems. Most are complicated; many are highly complex.

At this Major Projects Association evening meeting speakers drew on their project experience to discuss what makes infrastructure projects complex and unique, whether there were any common features that could be learnt from them, and if some were so unique that the ‘rules’ of major project management do not apply.

A number of key themes emerged as the discussion evolved, including:
– Unique projects exist and can have repeatable elements
– The need to understand the difference between complicated and complex major projects
– The changing rules of major project delivery in a changing environment