You probably don’t realize it, but you have been doing resource management all your life. From deciding which shoes to pack in a small suitcase for vacation or what food to cook to feed guests at a large party, resource management is a regular activity. Despite its commonality in our lives, resource management in a professional capacity can be much more complicated. While managing human resources may seem like a daunting or unfamiliar task, knowing the basics can help you get started and reap its benefits.
The Agile method has a dominating force in the project management world. What started as a method for developers is now being used by all types of professionals in many industries. Although the Agile method has proven to be extremely effective for many teams, it has posed a significant problem for resource management. When traditional project management is replaced by things such as Scrum and Kanban, how do you adjust your resource management to fit the new demands of the Agile method?
The oil and gas industry has always been subject to upturns and downturns, but the last few years have seen dramatic changes to the industry’s landscape. The cycle of boom and bust is less like a predictable pattern and more like riding a rollercoaster blindfolded. Here's how you can not only survive the volatility, but thrive in a dynamic landscape.
Let's face it, the relationship between agile teams and management is often difficult. You speak different languages, and you need different information to make decisions. As a PMO, Stefan Schneider is a daily translator and mediator. In this post, he talks about using Lean PPM, Meisterplan and our new Jira integration that we call the Jira Link.
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.