Every executive wants you to start their project NOW, believing that starting sooner means the project will end sooner. There is a big problem: their resources are limited and have to be shared across many projects, forcing all the projects to sub-optimize.

Tired of being time-sliced across too many projects? You can use this game to prove to your managers that this kind of multitasking is costing them a fortune. This interactive game demonstrates the problems with multi-tasking across multiple projects and benefits (in money!) of focusing on fewer items to deliver greater value for all projects.

Come, build upon concepts from Critical Chain Project Management, Lean, and Agile, as we illustrate the power of focus for tackling one of the hardest concepts in project portfolio management.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

02 min - introducing nancy (and co-author Jeffrey Davidson who cannot attend) and the topic

08 min - Have 2 people demo the cognitive task switch time

08 min - slides introducing highlights of Critical Chain project planning

10 min - game introduction and start to layout alternate project scenario to start the interactive session - NON multitasking set of 3 projects' tasks

5 min Explain the way to lay out the MULTITASKING version of the 3 projects

15 min - teams lay out the new set of same 3 projects' tasks

10 min - debrief discussions - Explain the different prioritization that Agile accounting would give (big surprise!)

02 min - close

Learning Outcome

Model why and how a delayed project start improves ROI


Be able to explain - and quantify -  the most hard-to-grasp concept in Critical Chain Project Management - that multitasking is extremely expensive


Distinguish between the evils of cognitive context-switching and perils of project multitasking


Even if human cognitive switching could occur instantaneously, this session demonstrates why project multitasking (sharing people across projects) STILL is wasteful - always!

Explore the effect that earnings are different from cost savings, etc. in prioritizing projects (more clear than above

Target Audience

Project Managers, portfolio managers, Agile team members, anyone tired of schedule slips!

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