Double duty

Because executives in today's downturn economy are routinely reducing project budgets, project teams are increasingly taking on the burden of accomplishing more with less, which also means that team members are regularly playing multiple project roles. This article looks at how project teams can effectively play multiple roles and successfully multi-task project assignments. In doing so, it explains the concept of multi-tasking and an approach to managing multiple tasks that can help project teams increase their productivity. It also describes a method for assembling project teams and identifying effective multi-taskers. It then discusses how project management software and collaboration tools can help project team members monitor their multiple tasks. It identifies the one skill that can help project managers deliver projects that achieve their project's expected results. Accompanying this article is a sidebar suggesting how project managers can use e-mail to their advantage.
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