Project Management Institute

Multiplicity

As more organizations realize the value they can generate from using project management to develop and implement a variety of enterprise initiatives, they are increasingly delegating multiple project assignments to their project managers. This article looks at this current trend, one that is driven by organizations looking to expeditiously realize competitive advantages and effectively leverage their employment of project managers and their investment in project management. In doing so, it discusses the challenges that project managers face when managing multiple projects, examining--through interviews with several project managers--the risks of managing both more than one project at the same time and large projects comprised of several smaller projects. It outlines the techniques that many project managers use to control multiple projects, techniques that enable project managers to run the project without it overwhelming or controlling them. The article concludes by exploring the perils of multitasking. An a
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