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Advanced Multi-Project Management by Kathleen Austin, Gerald Kendall

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7. Controlled Project WIP—Aligning and Activating Multiple Projects

The Premise

Every organization has a limited capacity to execute projects. When an organization activates too much project work, the ultimate negative effect is that project execution is delayed, resulting in the project benefits being significantly (i.e., 25% of the project total duration time) delayed, reduced, and/or eliminated. There are several reasons why this happens, including:

  • People are multitasked. Precious resource time is wasted in the time it takes to start and stop tasks multiple times and to recover from multiple interruptions.

  • Management and support group attention is harder to get, causing tasks that require it to be delayed. Every project demands some ...

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