Summary of Managing Multiple Projects

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Managing Multiple Projects book summary
From staff to budget to schedules: the essential how-to manual for leaders who run many small and medium-sized projects.


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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. recommends 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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to organize projects, deadlines and staff to meet workload requirements;
  • How to develop a system that enables your team to be on time, every time;
  • Which tools, techniques and systems can keep your work organized; and
  • How to delineate among work processes, such as projects, routines and tasks.


Group Project Management
As a manager, you determine which resources (whether human, mechanical, time or money) to allocate to each project and how to deliver your projects properly by their respective deadlines. If you manage multiple projects with numerous handoffs and deal with various...
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About the Authors

Irene Tobis and Michael Tobis own a business consulting firm called Ducks-in-a-Row Organizing Consultants. They share a background in systems engineering and psychology.

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