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Implement effective management of resource planning requires combining the implementation of the right tools and managing change with the teams concerned. One cannot function without the other. Here are the steps to follow to set up management of the resource planning which will be the heart of the reactor of your growth.
The objectives expected from a good resource planning management can vary according to the activity and the priorities of each company. Of the key objectives listed below, it is important that you take a step back and define which ones are priorities. While they are all important, the approach may vary at the margin depending on the order of priority.
a. Give visibility to employees
As soon as it is set up, staff management provides visibility into team planning. Manage the resource planning , it's tracking workload planning, assignments to projects and tasks. Employees regularly lack visibility into their schedule every few weeks. They know their planning in the short term but lack visibility beyond that. By providing them with better visibility, you increase employee satisfaction, you give them more comfort because they can better plan and anticipate the implications of this schedule from a professional and personal point of view.
b. Facilitate load balancing to improve efficiency, and get projects to start faster
Businesses that operate in project mode are well aware of bottleneck problems. The very first bottleneck of a project is the lack of capacity of the teams. By managing staffing with the right tools, capacity improves drastically and bottlenecks are reduced. Projects start faster because the organization is better aligned and the visibility on everyone's capabilities increases.
c. Optimize workload
In all project teams, the issues of overload and underload penalize performance. Overworked employees cannot deliver their work as well and risk burnout, while underworked employees represent poorly exploited resources for the company and risk becoming demotivated. Optimizing the load to better distribute it and ensuring that everyone in the team works to their right capacity promotes employee performance and satisfaction.
d. Conduct profile searches to meet needs
THE resource planning can also be more focused on the profile search processes based on criteria. Without a tool, it is difficult to follow requests, to enable a “matching” between the need and the profiles that meet it. Whatever your objectives, make sure that management has set priorities in order to set the right level of requirements in the implementation of your management of the resource planning .
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By taking into account as much data as possible to manage the resource planning , you integrate more information that allows you to make the right decisions. Ideally, you create your profile database with the following data:
This is a prerequisite for carrying out research and providing visibility on assignments. In the medium term, load planning on a project can be applied on roles rather than names. But it is imperative to assign projects and tasks to specific people in the short term.
b. Roles & teams
To better find the profiles in the database, you must assign "-tags-" to facilitate the search. Group them according to roles (developer, consultant, manager, ...) or grades (junior, senior, ...). If the teams are divided into departments or business units, you must also confirm to which team each profile belongs.
When you manage a resource planning For teams of more than thirty employees, it is necessary to take skills into account to better meet customer needs. You must first establish a skills framework to update your profiles consistently. This reference framework must be the same for your employees, your subcontractors and your candidates, so that the research for your resource planning are as relevant as possible.
By encouraging your employees to indicate their preferences among a repository of defined preferences, you allow you to take into account this criterion which will affect the satisfaction of your teams. Therefore, employees must be able to indicate the type of project on which they would like to be positioned (for example: data science, marketing, aeronautics, etc.). Although it is not always possible to exploit this data in a context of tension on capacities, if you respond favorably even in 30% of cases, it will already make an immense difference for your employer brand and for the satisfaction of your employees.
e. Arrival and departure date
By nature, a schedule is in constant motion. Some employees return, others leave the company. It is necessary to integrate the entry and exit dates into the base, so that the capacity calculation takes them into account. Otherwise you risk staffing a profile that has already left the company.
f. Absences / part-time
For a capacity planning to be useful, it is imperative to enter the periods during which your profiles are unavailable: holidays, downtime and part-time periods. Without this data, the management of resource planning loses performance because crucial information is unavailable. Be your tool resource planning is connected by API to your HR absence management tool, or you regularly (weekly for example) import absence data into your absence management tool. resource planning .
Now that the database is ready, you must assign the load to the different profiles. To do it correctly, you need to establish the views that suit you. Here are the different options:
a. With dates, in hours
If the projects are short, that is to say they last between a few hours and a few days, you must choose hourly planning and a day-by-day view. In this case, it is probably important to know the precise dates of assignments, or even the hours defined in a day. Planning in calendar format is then the best option. Add a view of resource planning with the days (take the one with the color bars)
b. Weekly or monthly
If the majority of projects last more than 5 days, it is preferable to follow the load on a weekly basis. That is to say, allocating a number of days in a given week to a project. For example: assign in week 34 Bob Kennedy, 3.5 days on project XYZ Depending on the assignments on the different projects, monitoring should allow you to know what his remaining availability is. For projects that last several months, the same approach must be carried out at the month granularity. Ideally, you choose the finest granularity that suits you, and consolidation allows you to see it at other time horizons. Add a view of resource planning in % of load 'blue and red) with weeks in columns
c. By collaborator and by project
Your management of resource planning must make it possible to manage the workload of employees. We must therefore have global and accessible visibility to determine in the blink of an eye whether employees are underloaded or overloaded. But the management of resource planning must also make it possible to improve operational performance in several ways:
The allocation by employee must be transcribed into a view by project: in each project, you need to know what is the forecast time to be spent by employee and, if necessary, by tasks.
Choose a tool resource planning or create your own tool to manage the resource planning is a first step that facilitates the implementation of the process. But for success to be guaranteed, it is imperative to support the implementation of the tool resource planning through a transformation which must engage the various managers and make it possible to obtain their support.
The first step is to explain the reasons for better managing the resource planning . By detailing the following reasons, the benefits perceived by management and managers should be enough to find alignment:
i. Increased profitability of the activity
ii. Better employee satisfaction
iii. Time savings
iv. Better customer satisfaction
v. Sales advantages
So that the management of resource planning is optimal, it is necessary to be able to carry out arbitrations as a group, under the responsibility of management. The same profile is often adapted for different needs. It is necessary that a single person can ultimately determine which project to assign these highly requested profiles to. Companies that effectively manage resource planning meet regularly, often once a week, to take stock of:
This type of body generally brings together the operations manager and their main managers and makes it possible to put the resource planning at the operations center.
c. Give support to those responsible so that updates are carried out regularly
Finally, it is necessary that the resource planning is everyone's business. Each project manager must be involved in updating the workload of the collaborators who work on their projects. It is he who has the best visibility to predict the upcoming load. By empowering teams so that updates are made regularly, you benefit from much more relevant consolidated visibility. Data reporting should not depend on a single planning manager, but must be distributed among stakeholders. These managers must be encouraged to make this update. It should allow them to improve the performance of their project and the satisfaction of their teams, which can contribute to achieving their objectives.
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