For Project Managers
Project Managers and demand authors have varying levels of sophistication – some are experts while others may be “accidental” participants. Not all have the scheduling savvy to maintain and accurately generate resource estimates and forecasts from the schedule. In fact, many spend more time wrestling with the schedule to generate accurate resource estimates than actually managing projects. As a result, they revert to Excel or similar tools outside of the PPM system to create simple resource plans. Integrating the resource plan directly into the PPM system is critical to ensure that project managers of all skill levels can easily capture accurate resource estimates and forecasts.
For Resource Managers
Resource Managers are ultimately responsible for ensuring the right people are working on the right projects. They need a tool that notifies them of each new resource request, allows them to quickly identify the right team member with availability and communicate the resource commitment to the project manager. They also require the capability to allocate resources aligned with the approach they’re using to drive their investment planning approach (project, program, capability or product). It’s also critical that they have the ability to quickly and easily identify and fix resource over- and under-allocation.
For Portfolio Managers
Portfolio Managers need a tool that can help them to model various scenarios – e.g. what’s the impact of adding, dropping or delaying projects? – and understand the immediate impact on the portfolio and resource capacity. Drag-and-drop analytical capabilities make it easy to assess the impact of any portfolio change on resource capacity. In addition, the logistical nightmare of capitalizing work has typically left some organizations questioning whether it might not be easier to simply forego the financial advantages of capitalizing labor. Portfolio managers and financial analysts need an easier way to estimate and forecast capitalized work.