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Managing Multiple Projects

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Now translated into nine languages! This reader-friendly, icon-rich series is must reading for all managers at every level.

All managers, whether brand new to their positions or well established in the corporate hierarchy, can use a little "brushing up" now and then. The skills-based Briefcase Books series is filled with ideas and strategies to help managers become more capable, ...

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Overview

THE BRIEFCASE BOOKS SERIES

Now translated into nine languages! This reader-friendly, icon-rich series is must reading for all managers at every level.

All managers, whether brand new to their positions or well established in the corporate hierarchy, can use a little "brushing up" now and then. The skills-based Briefcase Books series is filled with ideas and strategies to help managers become more capable, efficient, effective, and valuable to their corporations.

Today's workplace is often complex and unpredictable, yet most project management books address only the topic of managing individual projects and solving specific problems. Managing Multiple Projects presents a realistic method for developing the individual and group skills needed to cope with competing demands. It shows readers how to develop a reliable system for taking on multiple projects, work with others to allocate conflicting workloads, cope with the stress that comes from managing multiple projects, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071388962
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/5/2002
  • Series: Briefcase Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 836,314
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Manager as Traffic Cop: Managing Multiple Projects 1
2 The Cheeseburger Paradox: The Question of Reliability 15
3 The Formal Workplace and Its Forms 25
4 Taskonomy: Categorizing Your Work 41
5 What's on Your Plate? 58
6 Out from Under 76
7 Group Time Management: "As Simple as Possible, but No Simpler" 93
8 Getting the Big Picture: Commitments and the Team 110
9 "Second Things Never ...": The Trouble with Priorities 128
10 Allocation for Efficiency: The Importance of Compartmentalization 143
11 "How Doest It Know ...?": Tracking Systems 161
12 How to Change a System 183
Appendix 201
Index 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    Packed with Knowledge !

    Irene and Michael Tobis have written an essential book for managers who run numerous small projects or complex combinations of large and small projects with multiple employees who have varying skill levels. If the process you manage hasn¿t been automated to the point of being an assembly line, you need this book, especially if you are responsible for team production and output. We recommend it as a fundamental part of any business management curriculum and as a training tool for new managers. Others who would benefit from it include teachers, project leaders, volunteer organization presidents and committee heads who orchestrate complex tasks. The authors provide principles, definitions and techniques that you can apply to your specific situation. Anyone who feels overwhelmed or overloaded will benefit, in particular, from chapters five and six, which focus on identifying everything you have committed to and developing a plan both to get out from under the overload and to manage future commitments more gracefully. Go get your copy.

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