In this article, Thomas Quandt writes about the sense and sensibility of integrating project managers into portfolio management. Why take the effort? Because in the end it pays off with happy project managers and more successful projects.
We don't have motivational posters hanging in our office, but we do like to be inspired and motivated by clever people. That's why we collect great quotes. To all resource managers out there: This collection is for you!
If John had a dollar for every time he heard a customer say, " at a meeting, “Yes, we have been planning to look at resource management, but we’re too busy to do it,” he'd be a very rich man. Why are companies afraid of resource management, when everyone agrees that is a "high priority"?
Bad planning of employees and their capacities can quickly turn a company upside down, and suddenly everything is on fire. The result is often a firefighting mentality, where resource management is simply used to put out the fires with no long-term solution. How does this happen, and how can you turn things around?
Simply adding more employees to a project team doesn't mean the project will be completed better or faster. Instead, completing the project sooner depends on how the tasks are assigned, how well the team works together, and how skilled and knowledgeable the team members are on the topic. Learn ways to improve employee utilization!
Have you ever wondered why we refer to employees as resources? Is it wrong to call them resources? Are people resources? This blog post explores the reasons why employees are referred to as resources, and why we don't think it is necessarily a bad thing.
Resource management requires a clear head and a strategic approach. You can not afford many mistakes in resource management - after all, it's about your employees. In this article, we discuss the five most common resource management mistakes and how you can avoid them.
Successful project portfolio management is impossible without resource management. The optimal resource manager has multiple skills in organization, multitasking, negotiation, communication, change management and compromise. But despite these skills, there are challenges that make it extremely difficult for resource managers to make confident well-informed decisions that will actually work. So what does a resource manager need to know and do in order to be successful?
Dr. Joerg Leute has had enough the false assumption that more money budgeted automatically means more revenue. In this article, he discusses his argument that resources, not money, are the deciding factor for project portfolio management.
How much capacity do your employees actually have for project work? What variables and numbers should PMOs use to create a realistic project portfolio, without resource bottlenecks, delays, and employee dissatisfaction? Use our formula for resource planning to answer these questions.