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Resource allocation – matching staff with tasks

For projects and services firms, effective resource management starts by matching their skills capacity with demand. But it quickly moves onto deciding who should be working on what tasks. Having a suitable resource allocation process is key to consistently achieving project commitments, to time, quality and within budget.

These firms are generally matrix organizations.

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Does your firm need a skills matrix?

If you provide professional services to a range of clients then you’ll need easy access to details of your staff’s skills and experience. Matching each client’s requirements and expectations is crucial, as assigning inappropriate staff can seriously damage important relationships. Maintaining a comprehensive skills matrix helps to ensure that only suitable staff will be assigned.

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Resource management best practice – top 10 tips

The secret of successful resource management is to maintain high levels of resource utilization, whilst ensuring that no project is impeded through lack of required skills. How can this be consistently achieved? Here are our top 10 Resource management Best Practice tips, based on more than 35 years’ experience of working with engineering,

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Manage your R&D funding more effectively

Whether you are a University Research department, or a commercial R and D team, research into new products, technologies, and techniques often relies on external R&D funding. However, each funder will demand data that justifies their investment, such as:

  • Detailed plans that scope and cost the project
  • Reporting of time spent and actual costs incurred,

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Managing resources in a matrix organization – How workforce planning tools help

Businesses that manage multiple projects face two conflicting objectives:

  • To keep their clients happy and the business profitable, each and every project must be delivered on time, within budget and to the required specification.
  • Staff working across the project workload must be continuously busy, whilst avoiding unmanageable bottlenecks that could jeopardize individual project dates.

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Control your volatile portfolio of projects with resource planning tools

Managing a portfolio of projects with a limited pool of resources is no easy ride. Just when all looks to be in balance a project change comes along creating an unacceptable resource bottleneck. Having too few staff can jeopardize committed dates and risk disappointing your clients, but too many hanging around ‘just in case’ 

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The impact of GDPR on workforce planning software users and vendors

GDPR has finally arrived and many clients and suppliers, including providers of workforce planning software, are struggling to agree their responsibilities. The regulations cover such a wide range of organizations, from those that manage mass marketing campaigns, through to ones that hold highly sensitive personal data, such as credit card or health records;

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Skills database – Staffing your projects when skills and experience really matter

Clients increasing insist that only suitably qualified personnel are assigned to their projects. Advances in technology are rapidly increasing specialization of the workforce and locating suitable staff requires more data on each person’s skills and experiences. Just take a look at the range of Training and Certification options on the Cisco website to see the exponential growth in available options.

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Implementing resource management tools in multi-project organizations

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. Maintaining the right balance is a necessity,

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

IT departments in large organizations are keen to minimize the number of systems that they need to maintain. They have a strong incentive to go for ERP, enterprise project management (EPM) software and other large corporate systems, avoiding a multiplicity of best of breed systems. Resource management software falls into this decision,

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