So Long Resource Management... or?
And so, we close the book on resource management and bid a lukewarm farewell to an old frenemy and all those years of resource requests, soft and hard bookings, short-term interventions, and comparisons of planned and actual figures.
However, as you may have guessed from the subheading, the need for resource management persists even in 100% agile organizations.
Management of short-, medium-, and long-term personnel requirements remain, such as:
- Team composition, including decisions on capacity and necessary skills
- Managing team capacity development
- Managing skill composition and development within the team
- Short-term planning of absences to realistically determine sprint capacity
Furthermore, and here is where it gets interesting, there are situations where resources need to be shared across teams even in optimally structured organizations. This tends to arise due to:
Some skills are in such high demand and supply is so scant that they cannot be dedicated to a single team. So, they’re still bottleneck resources that teams need to organize around and consider their availability in their own planning.
The need for company- or department-wide initiatives (e.g., GDPR integration mentioned previously) requires the involvement of many individuals and must be coordinated across departments to achieve the project goal by a specific deadline.