Project Management in Practice

Multi-Project Environment

March 22nd, 2018 - Slovenia, Ljubljana, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Keynote - Jan Willem Tromp

How to Manage a Multi-Teaming Environment

If you work in a multi-project environment as a product developer, engineer, or R&D expert, then the notion of multi-teaming is probably familiar. Most likely, you have key people assigned to multiple projects at the same time. And maybe there’s a resource needed on all projects who’s pressed to bounce between teams. Planning and managing these resources efficiently is almost impossible. Key resources themselves are challenged with fragmented work, time pressure, lack of focus, ambiguity, a constantly changing environment and, above all, dissatisfied project managers. They’re between a rock and a hard place.

In our experience, two issues have to be solved in multi-teaming environments:

  1. Key resources need to be protected against overload. Overload is devastating to productivity and creativity and will affect all your projects.
  2. Priorities need to be set. The wrong priorities can really hinder the productivity and delivery performance of your projects. Make sure that management by decibels isn’t your prioritization method.

These issues cannot be solved with the existing portfolio or program-management methodologies. The devil is in the details, and in this case in the execution. The normal ways of keeping projects on time, on budget, and on scope are insufficient in multi-project environments. Another measurement is needed to address the multi-project chaos. We call it Resource Control. This controls continuously changing capacity, workload, and output for every skill group within your organization. These skill groups serve several projects in a non-dedicated way. They switch from project to project based on demand.

This keynote will show you how resources should be managed in order to make multi-project environments successful.

   Biography: Jan Willem Tromp  9:15 - 10:15

Jan Willem TrompJan Willem Tromp is a Dutch entrepreneur and researcher in one person. He is co-founder of GLOW-Management and he is also doing PhD research on the subject multi project management at the Open University Netherlands and Technical University Eindhoven (NL). Jan Willem has great experience in continuous improvement in multi project management. Since 2006 he developed with his company a new concept for managing multi project environments (Epicflow). His research brought great new insights in the world of multi project management. Insights that were totally unknown. He is also respected as a great speaker on international conferences and gives also guest lectures at Delft University and Nyenrode University in the Netherlands.


  • KPN Telecom (NL): project Fiber to the Office
  • TKF Cable company (NL): managing R&D
  • Wiener Linien (AUT): Managing Maintenance projects and new build projects
  • Thales (FR): Managing new product development
  • Voestalpine (NL): Managing new product development
  • Stukton Rail: Managing new product development ……






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