An increasing number of organisations do project work which has brought challenges of managing those smoothly. Several projects are rolling at the same time so it can be challenging to see the big picture. In worst case project schedules are delayed, customer promises cannot be kept because lack of resources and resourcing situation cannot be seen to the future.
It is said that personnel is the most important asset in consultant business. Projects will not be finished on due date without the personnel. On the other hand, if there are no billable projects - there is no work for the staff. How can we avoid surprises related to the organization project management? How do we ensure that there is enough work for everyone, projects are finished on time and individual persons aren’t overloaded with work?
When you have the perfect overview it is easy to make best possible decisions concerning allocations and project management.
Company must make sure that the long-term resource planning is done as well as possible. Predictability will suffer greatly if the resource allocation has been made only on for short-term period. It is impossible for the management to react on time if they don’t have all the needed information. It is hard to balance the workload within the staff and react on conflicts if there isn’t valid resourcing allocation information.
Resourcing should be easy and fast to ensure people will do it also to the existing system. Pure resourcing information isn’t enough though! All the information concerning resourcing and projects should be easily reachable and analysable to everyone. This is the only way to get a good view to project resourcing and to avoid all the pitfalls. Is it easy to react to different situations on time when you have up-to-date information. When you have the perfect overview it is easy to make best possible decisions concerning allocations and project management.
In the future we will write more about subjects related to resourcing and project management in our blog. So stay tuned!