Definitions, characteristics and measures of IT project complexity - a systematic literature review

  title={Definitions, characteristics and measures of IT project complexity - a systematic literature review},
  author={Stefan Morcov and Liliane Pintalon and Rob J. Kusters},
  journal={International Journal of Information Systems and Project Management},
As the world of Information Technology (IT) engineering becomes more complex every day, the formal study of project complexity becomes more and more important for managing projects effectively, to avoid poor performance and failure. Complexity is not yet clearly understood nor sufficiently defined and the terminology itself is being overloaded and over-used. This paper is a systematic literature review that attempts to identify and classify proposed definitions and measures of IT project… 
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