HBR this month has a great article on Too Many Projects by Rose Hollister and Michael D. Watkins. The essence of the article is that organizations have far too many projects, initiatives, efforts underway. And that they struggle to STOP that work - or not start it to begin with. The authors also appeared on the HBR IdeaCast to discuss the article, Stop Initiative Overload.
Overproduction (too many projects = too much work-in-process) is a classic problem in organizations. I particularly like how the authors highlight the aspect that each person who has great ideas (and releases them to the organization) has their own measures and needs that are being supported. But that they don’t see how the new initiative/project affects the rest of the organization. And of course, the classic quote from Steve Jobs.