Implementing resource management tools in multi-project organisations

Managing multiple projects with a limited pool of resources can be a wild ride. As soon as the project demand is in balance with the skills capacity, something changes; a new project arrives, there is a scope change, or the client postpones the next phase.

Posted in Uncategorised

Resource management software – the case for a best of breed solution

IT departments in large organisations are keen to minimise the number of system that they need to maintain. They have a strong incentive to go for ERP , enterprise project management (EPM) software  and other large corporate systems to avoid a multiplicity of best of breed systems.

Posted in Uncategorised

How top down planning boosts operational profits

The completion of a project should be a cause for celebration, but too often the outcome disappoints. Recent history is littered with projects that have overrun in cost and time and failed to meet expectations. The root cause is often that the project was not properly scoped,

Posted in Uncategorised

Workforce planning tools for Engineering services – How can they help?

Managing multiple projects with a limited pool of resources is challenging for many industry sectors. Workforce planning tools have a large role to play as organisations strive to optimise the utilisation of their staff, whilst ensuring that individual project commitments will be met.

Posted in resource management

Program resource management – resolving conflicting objectives.

Program resource management is not for the faint hearted. Managing a portfolio of projects with a limited pool of resources can be a wild ride due to divergent, conflicting objectives.

Project managers are charged with meeting their key project milestones and will demand adequate resources to ensure that every one can be achieved on time.

Posted in Uncategorised

Engineering resource management – keeping your teams fully utilised

As competitive pressures increase, engineering firms with a portfolio of projects need to do more with less. An obvious area to look at is the productivity levels being achieved by their project teams and this is where more effective engineering resource management can make a significant contribution.

Posted in Uncategorised

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.

Posted in Uncategorised

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,

Posted in Uncategorised

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.

Posted in Uncategorised

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,

Posted in Uncategorised

Recent Posts