Improving the UK’s productivity levels. Resource planning tools to the rescue!

Commentators continue to bemoan the UK’s poor levels of productivity. Improving it remains the key to economic growth and better paid jobs all round. Everyone agrees that more investment in infrastructure and technology is needed to make it happen, but recent history is littered with such projects over-running on time and cost and failing to meet their objectives.

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Run a virtual PMO with resource management software

We are implementing our resource management software in the IT dept. of a major UK food processor. Although they have less than 50 staff, their projects are at multiple locations across the country, so much travelling is required. Projects are managed along matrix lines,

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Skills database – a foundation for consistent project success

A skills database maintains details of each person’s skills, competencies and technical expertise. It is particularly useful in geographically dispersed project organisations, where locating suitably qualified staff can be far from straightforward. Managing a portfolio of projects with a limited pool of resources can be a lively ride.

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Resource allocation software – matching staff with tasks

Successfully matching up staff with tasks is an important part of the multi-project resource management process. The overall goals are to maximise the utilisation of each team, whilst ensuring that every project is properly resourced. If it goes wrong then either team usage levels can become too low because there is too much spare capacity,

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Resource management software – building a business case

There is a proliferation of project management tools out there and making a case for resource management software as a separate investment  can look challenging. However, by focusing on the benefits of maximising the utilisation of your expensive skilled resources,

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Skills capacity planning as new projects arrive

Managing a portfolio of projects with a limited pool of resources is a rollercoaster ride. No sooner do you have the skills capacity nicely balanced with demand when a new project arrives, seeking resources that are already  fully-committed. Where the projects are for external clients,

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Effective collaboration between resource and project managers

Innate is currently implementing its resource management software with a major US based engineering services supplier. They have a wide range of engineering, environmental and construction projects, each of which require staff with particular combinations of skills and experience. Their President has challenged his resource managers to dramatically improve the project resourcing service that they provide to their project managers,

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Project Estimating – How to set realistic expectations on costs and timescales

Many projects fail to meet their expectations, not only when the deliverables are examined, but also in their costs and timescales. Too often the project estimate is wide of the mark because the project’s risks turn out to be greater than  expected.

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Team capacity planning – achieving high levels of utilisation

As new projects emerge, resources get allocated and project teams are formed. Often the source of these teams are departments that need to manage other tasks as well. For effective Team capacity planning,  each team must efficiently manage their incoming tasks.

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Multi-project resource management – Do I need a central resource manager?

Senior managers in project-based organizations need to know their team’s current workload and the planned utilization of their staff. They also need to be sure that they have the capacity when committing to new project delivery dates. Suitable processes backed up with resource management software must be in place if acceptable multi-project resource management is to be achieved.

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