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The Juggler's Guide to Managing Multiple Projects by Michael S. Dobson

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CHAPTER 8

Juggling the Interdependent Project Portfolio

“The move to the new computer center is the biggest single project I’ve ever managed,” Sarah observes. “To make it even more difficult, it has to be accomplished while keeping all the other projects and activities of my department running smoothly. On top of everything, if this project doesn’t go well, it could turn into a first-class disaster for the company…not to mention my own career!

“I’ve been on projects like this before. They start off smoothly, all right, but then comes crunch time, right toward the end when everybody’s pulling all-nighters and it’s anybody’s guess whether we’ll make it or not. That’s what worries me.

“On top of everything else, my entire collection of projects ...

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