Catherine Howe has written about the challenges in local government or prioritising an overwhelmingly important and large volume of work.
We are doing work on planning and prioritisation at the moment and its really bloody hard. Everything has a claim on our attention and we are working in complexity where no one thing can trump all the rest.
She talks about using clusters to group the work into more manageable chunks, and prioritising and scheduling efforts around them. But this isn’t the “How to eat an elephant” problem, it’s how to eat a herd of elephants.