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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Pants on Fire

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Figure 19. Pants on Fire

One day you arrive at work to an urgent email message from the Big Cheese. Big Cheese says, “Stop working on that project. Start on this one!”

You can be sure that if this happens once, it’ll happen several times. Either you and the project team will bounce among several projects or back and forth between two projects. Whatever the circumstances, you’re multiproject multitasking, and so are all the people on your project team. You know you’re not making progress on anything, and the urgency of all the projects keeps going up and up and up….

Pants on Fire (see Figure 19, Pants on Fire) occurs when management ...

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