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The Project Management Book by Richard Newton

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The temptations and costs of multi-tasking

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Multi-tasking is a part of life. We are all used to juggling multiple activities and working on them in parallel. The era of portable smart devices which continuously ping us with calls, text messages, instant messages, emails and updates to social networks seems to have increased the degree of multi-tasking required. Members of project teams are no exception. Their lives are often plagued by multi-tasking.

Team members may work on multiple aspects of the project in parallel, or juggle their involvement in the project with other projects and non-project activities. We seem to take such multitasking for granted. We present the people who multi-task most as ...

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