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The Juggler's Guide to Managing Multiple Projects

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Dobson says that you must first have a strong foundation in time management and priority setting, then introduces the concept of Portfolio Management to timeline multiple projects, determine their resource requirements, and handle emergencies, putting you in charge for possibly the first time in your life! The Juggler's Guide to Managing Multiple Projects does not forget the paperwork. Dobson supplies examples of business-tested forms, charts, logs, tables, and worksheets-everything project managers need to crash, level, analyze, plan, and control tasks. Forms were never better explained or illustrated. To ensure creative success, Dobson adds tips, shortcuts, and tricks of the project management trade with each example

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Figures
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Section 1: Introduction
    1. Chapter 1: The Art of Juggling
      1. Definitions
      2. Task-Oriented Project Portfolio
      3. Independent Project Portfolio
      4. Interdependent Project Portfolio
      5. Exercise: What Type of Project Portfolio Do You Have?
  8. Section 2: Task-Oriented Project Portfolios
    1. Chapter 2: Juggling the Task-Oriented Project Portfolio
      1. Definitions
      2. A Four-Step Technique for Managing the Task-Oriented Project Portfolio
      3. Exercise: Complete Your Own Project Priority and Planning Worksheets
  9. Section 3: Independent Project Portfolios
    1. Chapter 3: Juggling the Independent Project Portfolio
      1. Definitions
      2. Single Project Management versus Multiple Project Management
    2. Chapter 4: Planning a Single Project
      1. Definitions
      2. The Triple Constraints
      3. Work Breakdown Structure
      4. Network Planning
      5. Task Analysis
      6. Gantt Charting
      7. Exercise: Create Your Own Gantt Chart
    3. Chapter 5: How to Read and Use a Gantt Chart
      1. Definitions
      2. Gantt Charting for Single Projects
      3. Interpreting Your Gantt Chart
      4. Exercise: Analyze a Project Gantt Chart
    4. Chapter 6: How to Schedule Multiple Projects
      1. Definitions
      2. Scheduling Issues for an Independent Project Portfolio
      3. Exercise: Jigsaw Puzzle Scheduling
    5. Chapter 7: How to Manage Multiple Projects in an Independent Portfolio
      1. Definitions
      2. The Art of Managing Multiple Project Portfolios in Organizations
      3. Your Role as Project Portfolio Manager
      4. The Triple Constraints in a Multiple Project Environment
      5. Resolving Conflicts between Project Drivers and Portfolio Drivers
      6. Techniques for Managing Priorities and Workflow
      7. Exercise: My Current Authority Issues
      8. Exercise: My Delegated Needs and Goals
  10. Section 4: Interdependent Project Portfolios
    1. Chapter 8: Juggling the Interdependent Project Portfolio
      1. Definitions
      2. About Interdependent Project Portfolios
      3. Independent Portfolio Management versus Interdependent Portfolio Management
      4. The Irony of Interdependent Project Portfolios
    2. Chapter 9: Planning an Interdependent Project Portfolio
      1. Definitions
      2. Planning for Interdependent Project Portfolios
      3. Exercise: Analyzing Your Interdependent Portfolio
    3. Chapter 10: How to Manage Multiple Projects in an Interdependent Portfolio
      1. Definitions
      2. The Art of Managing the Interdependent Portfolio
      3. Your Role as Portfolio Manager
      4. No-Fail Budgeting in the Interdependent Portfolio
      5. Coping with the Escalating Objective
      6. Problem-Solving Strategies
      7. A Final Word about Managing Multiple Projects
  11. Bibliography
  12. Glossary