Project Management

Juggling Multiple Projects: A Strategy to Succeed

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

We are about to enter a period of extremely high project activity. The reopening of the world after the COVID-19 pandemic is going to be gradual, it’s going to vary greatly in different parts of the world, and it’s going to be anything but smooth.

But one thing you can be sure of, it’s going to involve a lot of projects being carried out. Businesses are going to have to adapt to a new way of working, and that’s going to require changes to everything from physical work and customer spaces to technology and work methods. And all of those changes will be implemented through projects.

As a result, project managers are going to find themselves very busy, and for new project managers that is often going to mean the need to juggle multiple projects at the same time. New PMs tend to be assigned the smaller, lower-risk initiatives—the ones that are left after the major strategic projects have been assigned to the more senior and experienced managers. Because those projects are smaller, less-experienced PMs are often expected to take on two, three or even more at the same time. And that can be very difficult to do.

Leaving aside the amount of work that might be involved with managing that many projects and teams, having a PM responsible for multiple initiatives creates additional challenges and risks. PMs must be conscious of that and manage them …

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