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The state of Resource Management: An interview with PMzOne’s Daniel Zitter

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  • 50% of all projects are not resourced properly and 20% of all projects should never have been started in the first place
Those are some pretty alarming statistics, right? For those of us who work in the PPM / Resource Management world, we would never knowingly start a project that is destined to fail from the outset. Yet the findings from this November industry report by the Project Management Institute suggest that we need to do much more to make sure our projects start off on the right foot. Read More

Discover the keys to Resource Management success

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Resource portfolio management is one of the most important challenges facing businesses today. Whether you oversee a team of ten or a company of 10,000, ensuring you have the right resources for the right job at the right time is incredibly challenging.

In today’s volatile market, challenges are often unpredictable and you need to be agile and ready to adapt. Those who can nimbly reallocate resources in response to new obstacles on the horizon and change their game plan when required will succeed. Those who don’t will struggle to stay afloat. So what are the keys to resource management success?

At ProSymmetry, we meet business people the world over who are struggling with key issues around resource management:

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PMO responsibilities and what to look out for

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The International Prototype of the Kilogram has been kept in a glass jar at the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (International Office of Weights and Measures) in Paris since 1889. The prototype is made of an alloy that is 90% platinum and 10% iridium and is kept under strict supervision, deep within the building.

You might wonder why a simple kilogram needs such high security, to be kept under lock and key. Quite simply, because without an internationally recognized and agreed weight for a kilo, anyone would be able to claim their products were the correct weight and short change their customers. Read More

The 5 key skills of an effective Resource Manager

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The news that U.S. job openings are at a record high is something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it shows employers are bullish about the economy going forward. However, the pace of hiring across the nation hasn’t caught up with the number of jobs out there, suggesting HR teams are struggling to find resources that have the right skills and talents.

If your job involves managing resources, you’ll be well aware of the damage that being short on skilled staff can have on the business. Read More

Gartner recognizes the growing Resource Management market

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If you work at the intersection of IT and the enterprise, you’ll know that analyst firm Gartner’s annual predictions for upcoming trends can shake the industry from top to bottom. Gartner ITxpo latest predictions include the emergence of ‘robo-bosses’; machines to replace up to 20% of business writing; and that a fifth of the smart buildings of 2018 will have been digitally vandalized. If you’re sceptical, it’s worth noting just how often Gartner’s predictions have materialized within the timeframe they suggest. Read More

How can you ensure effective resource management?

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Project management (in the modern sense) has now been established for around 65 years, but it’s not difficult to argue that the concept of project management has been around since the beginning of history. As you would expect, it has gone through many changes in that time; however, it’s remained prominent due to the substantial, explicit values that many in the industry can relate to. Read More

Are you still using Microsoft Project resource management?

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Microsoft Project is one of the world’s leading project management solutions. Its approach to Gantt charts, project timing and rich feature set make it an indispensable platform for project management. However, it isn’t Microsoft Project resource management tool. Nonetheless, many resource managers struggle by with Project when deciding how to allocate resources to programs of work. This is largely because Project includes certain features which help you manage resources, but these are limited. For anything but the most basic resource allocation, MS Project just doesn’t provide the power resource managers need. Read More

The role Resource Management plays in an effective PMO?

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If you’ve ever had the misfortune to work in an organization where project management was chaotic and disorganized, you’ll appreciate the value of a Project Management Office (PMO). Without a central body in place to ensure that projects are run consistently and efficiently, you risk sprawl, delays and confusion. This not only leads to frustration for employees but also results in a perception of disorganization for your clients. Read More

How does data analytics affect resource management?

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Back in 2004, Hurricane Frances was tearing across the Caribbean towards Florida’s Atlantic coast. How did Wal-Mart use predictive analytics to stock their stores so people would have what they’d want in the aftermath of the storm?

  • They sent extra diapers and bottles of clean water
  • They delivered a bumper number of beer crates and strawberry Pop-Tarts
  • They increased stocks of survival gear and sleeping bags

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