Resource shortages and conflicts can plague your ability to deliver.
Understanding the resource capacity and skill sets that exist within your organization gives you the ability to balance demand and apply the right resources at the right time. PM Solutions helps you obtain, structure, and analyze your resource management information and practices to use your talent effectively and streamline resource deployment.
Organizational Skills Identification
The first step is to uncover the skills, roles, and resources that currently reside within the organization. From this data, a simple categorization structure can be developed. This will facilitate resource allocation decisions across the organization. The Project Management Office (PMO) and departments such as HR are often involved in this process.
Resource Planning & Forecasting
Once you have a handle on the overall resources available within your organization, you need to get a clear picture of the availability of these resources to support the initiatives within your project portfolio. We recommend a resource management database be created and tied to project priorities. We can help you perform resource estimates (including resource loading and leveling) against your resource limitations, and also run “what if” scenarios to factor in new initiatives relative to resource impact and availability.
Our expert consultants are skilled at analyzing any resource shortages or added capacity uncovered, and recommending the appropriate actions that will bring the most value and cost savings to the organization (contracting, hiring, using resources earlier, etc.). We can work with your existing tools, provide you with the tools, and/or help you procure the right tools to effectively perform resource management functions scaled to your organization’s size and needs.
PMO Structure & Staffing
PM Solutions will help you right-size your PMO based on the size of your portfolio and level of project management maturity within your organization. This will determine how many project managers and support staff you need to execute projects effectively, assess the competency of your project managers, build professional development programs, encourage a project management culture, develop job descriptions, and delineate roles and responsibilities.
Get the Basics Right First
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in all of our years in consulting is that organizations have to get “the basics” in place before realistically succeeding at more complex and interrelated practices such as resource management. Having standard and centralized project management processes, well-trained resources, and a culture that embraces project management are essential to the business.