what can we do about it?
This article addresses the common problem of project manager work overload and offers several techniques to mitigate it. Competing projects can easily become overwhelming in an uncontrolled environment. The solution is to prioritize projects. This can be done by using individual workload planning sheets, which can be collected and synthesized and used to start resource loading and balancing. A filtering mechanism can be put in place to weed out projects that aren't a good fit or are too risky. Demands from ongoing operations are another major cause of workload problems; people working on operations need to be separated from people working on projects. A combination of these techniques can offer alternatives to deal with the workload problem.