Managing Multiple Projects: How Project Managers Can Balance Priorities, Manage Expectations and Increase Productivity

  • 3h 39m
  • Elizabeth Harrin
  • Kogan Page
  • 2022

Project management is changing. Rather than focusing solely on one large project, the majority of project managers are now expected to juggle multiple projects, which brings a different set of challenges.

Between a greater number of project sponsors, resource conflicts and constant pressure from deadlines, it can be difficult to avoid burnout. Managing Multiple Projects blends formal project management techniques with time management and productivity tools in a step-by-step approach to consolidating your workload. From combining schedules to prioritising work and engaging stakeholders, this book clearly explains how to adapt your behaviour and techniques to successfully work on several projects at once.

This practical guide provides answers to commonly asked questions (such as how to reduce the number of meetings and how to manage a To Do list) and includes case studies from real project managers. Checklists for common tasks and adaptable templates of trackers and reports are combined with easily actioned exercises to improve processes. Managing Multiple Projects gives practitioners the tools they need to improve the chances of project success and maintain a work-life balance. Online resources include downloadable templates of productivity checklists and status reports.

About the Author

Elizabeth Harrin provides training, education and mentorship to project managers through her award-winning website, Rebel's Guide to Project Management. She has over 20 years' experience managing large IT and business change projects in financial services and healthcare. She is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM) and is based in West Sussex, UK.

In this Book

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start Guide—Fast Answers to Urgent Questions
  • Why Managing Multiple Projects is Different
  • Concept #1—Portfolio—Understanding Your Workload
  • Concept #2—Plan—Combining Project Schedules
  • Concept #3—People—Engaging Stakeholders Across Multiple Projects
  • Concept #4—Productivity—Managing Your Own Time
  • Concept #5—Positioning—Setting up the Environment for Success