Convincing Management That Context Switching Is a Bad Idea

The last few times I’ve taught project management, I’ve explained that multi-project context switching wastes time. The project managers agree with me. But then they ask the question, “How do I explain this to my management? They refuse to believe me.” Managers, especially senior managers, don’t believe context switching wastes time because all they do …

The Manager's First Role: Prioritization [grid::brand]

  At a recent presentation, (Managing the Management Balancing Act) I discussed the problems of multi-tasking. I received this feedback: Johanna, I have to say that I think you are off the path in terms of “multiple projects.” 1) Organizations just don’t work this way – it isn’t cost-effective. 2) Today’s emerging workforce (20-30) were …