This is the 3rd post in our 5 part series on Resource Management. Post #1 covered Allocation. Post #2 was about using Effort vs Duration. Now in this post we'll discuss Collecting Data to make informed Resource Management decisions. When I reflect on our client engagements, there are a few common issues which come to mind. One is the lack of data collection which leads to inconsistent decision making.
I talk to companies of all sizes and find a consistent theme when talking to less mature organizations. They tell me they don’t need Project Management software to be successful. They can easily use Excel or MS project and/or SharePoint to manage their work.
I then ask a few questions:
In our last post on Resource Management we showed you the Rule of 60s and how it is beneficial when planning resource allocation. That tool is primarily used for Planning and Managing your Portfolio rather than building project specific schedules. In our post today, I'll review the differences between using Effort vs Duration when building your Project Schedule.