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Managing Multiple Projects Paperback – March 26, 2002
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From the Back Cover
Proven Techniques for Keeping Simultaneous Projects On Courseand Ensuring Their Successful Completion
As a manager today you must be a master juggler, responsible for keeping several balls in the air even as new balls are randomly tossed in from all sides. Managing Multiple Projects provides the organizational skills and management strategies you need to tackle multiple projects, roles, and responsibilitiesand get the results you want. Turn to this latest addition to McGraw-Hill's skills-based Briefcase Books series for hands-on techniques you can use to:
- Develop a reliable, repeatable system for addressing competing demands
- Work with others to effectively allocate workloads
- Handle the emotional demandsboth for yourself and othersof project overload
While numerous books have addressed specific project management issues, fewuntil nowhave contained proactive strategies for consistently achieving multiple objectives. Managing Multiple Projects draws on skills from time management, task completion, organizational psychology, and more to provide a proven system for easily managing concurrent projects, and guiding each to its successful completion.
Briefcase Books, written specifically for today's busy manager, feature eye-catching icons, checklists, and sidebars to guide managers step-by-step through everyday workplace situations. Look for these innovative design features to help you navigate through each page:
- Clear definitions of important terms, concepts, and jargon
- Tips and tactics for facilitating multiple projects
- Proven how-to hints for addressing specific situations
- Practical advice for minimizing unexpected project errors
- Warning signs that new activities and initiatives are going awry
- Case studies of effective multiple project management in action
- Procedures, techniques, and tactics for implementing this book's ideas
About the Author
Irene and Michael Tobis are founders and partners of Ducksin-a-Row¿ Organizing Consultants, a firm that specializes in organizing and managing multiple projects.
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If you operate in small teams or workgroups and just starting out in a PM role, when the role did not exist before, then this may cut it. If you are expected to apply PM principles, as outlined in the PMBOK or even moving to job where the previous person did a similar role without the PMI designation, then forget this one.
I gave it two stars because it does have some management pointers that was good to re-read after many years.
This book goes for a $1-$3 in the used section, so its not like your gonna get ripped off or anything like that, its just a question of what your time is worth and maybe being caught with this on your desk at work. I mean if your a seasoned PM and your boss flipped through its pages, you would have to quickly come up with a think-fast answer, or he would seriously question your abilities.
The Cheeseburger Paradox opened my eyes to our quality problems from a completely new perspective. The chapters on time management and scheduling are fresh and present new ideas that I can put to work immeadiately.
My other project management books sit on a shelf collecting dust, being either too detailed or esoteric for day-to-day use. This is one that I carry around with me, loving marked with post-it notes, so I can show people, "See, this is what I mean."
They, one a PhD psychologist and the other a PhD systems engineer, jointly operate a consulting firm that seeks to find individualized paths to productivity that can be sustainable, convenient, natural and delightful.
To them, reliability has a simple definition. The reliable worker or workgroup finishes every work item in a reasonable amount of time and with reasonable quality. Many who are capable of brilliance are capable of reliability, but often it does not come easy. Being competent means you can complete the job.
Being reliable means you can complete the job every time. Unless your customers can depend on you, regardless of the project's complexity, you have problems. The high value, high-complexity organization cannot afford to deliver inferior service.
The book combines skills from time management, task completion and organizational psychology. It offers jargon-free definitions of important terms; tips and tactics for facilitating multiple projects; practical advice to minimize project errors and warning signs new activities are headed awry.
The authors provide simple, proactive strategies for consistently achieving multiple objectives
I am a fan of all the books I have read in the Briefcase Series. They have a very direct, no nonsense approach that is very appealing to busy people. I have picked up many useful ideas from many of the books form this series.
One of the difficulties of a middle level mangement position is juggling multiple projects. This book gives very useful and practical advice along these lines.