by Michael Tobis and Irene P. Tobis
Preface (download as a pdf file)
Chapter 1. Manager as Traffic Cop: Managing Multiple Projects
Chapter 2. The Cheeseburger Paradox: The Question of Reliability
Chapter 3. The Formal Workplace and Its Forms
Chapter 4. Taskonomy: Categorizing Your Work
Chapter 5. What’s on Your Plate?
Chapter 6. Out from Under
Chapter 7. Group Time Management: “As Simple as Possible, but No Simpler”
Chapter 8. Getting the Big Picture: Commitments and the Team
Chapter 9. “Second Things Never ...”: The Trouble with Priorities
Chapter 10. Allocation for Efficiency: The Importance of Compartmentalization
Chapter 11. “How Does It Know …?”: Tracking Systems
Chapter 12. How to Change a System
ISBN for this title: 0-07-138896-6
About the Authors
Michael Tobis, Ph.D. (systems engineer) and Irene Tobis, Ph.D. (psychologist) are partners in the consulting firm Ducks-in-a-Row® Efficiency Consultants, a company whose consultations focus on individual and small workgroup operations.
By combining their disparate perspectives and backgrounds, this husband/wife team brings unique insights to its work in individual and group productivity. The give-and-take between Michael’s systems engineering approach and Irene’s psychological insights has been instrumental in many of Ducks-in-a-Row’s successes.
Michael brings an information theory outlook to work process design. With his background in systems engineering, Michael finds questions of prioritization and scheduling particularly interesting.
Irene’s background as a psychologist with a focus in stress management underlies her professional activities in workflow consultation. She designs methods tailored to individual skills, resources, styles, and preferences. Her first goal is to get people past feeling overwhelmed. She then proceeds to help clients build skills toward greater productivity and satisfaction.
Visit their Web site at www.ducks-in-a-row.com.
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