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Engineering resource management – keeping your teams fully utilized

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.

Managing projects with a limited pool of resources can be a lively ride.

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Run a virtual PMO with resource management software

We are implementing our resource management software for the IT department of a major UK based 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, with project managers preparing plans and requesting resources from a number of team leaders.

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Skills database – a foundation for consistent project success

A skills database is used to maintain details of each person’s skills, competencies and technical expertize. It is particularly useful in geographically dispersed project organizations, where locating suitably qualified staff can be far from straightforward. Managing a portfolio of projects with a limited pool of resources cam 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 utilization 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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Building a business case for resource management software

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 maximizing the utilization of your expensive skilled resources, building a successful business case can be quite straightforward

Managing a portfolio of projects with a limited pool of resources is an exciting ride.

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