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22 06, 2016

Managing Constraints Effectively with the Right Resource Planning Software

By |2017-05-23T15:41:59-08:00June 22nd, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

Watch a three-minute overview of the Enrich Analytics features discussed in this case study.

Growth is a good thing—it means larger market share, more profit, greater reach. But it also brings challenges, as a company struggles to allocate resources to support growth without over-committing itself. A rapidly growing pharmaceutical company faced exactly this dilemma: the company was consistently missing project milestones due to chronic staffing shortfalls. Multiple project teams were competing for the same key staff members, and it seemed like people with the needed skills and expertise were always in short supply. Complicating matters further, a changing regulatory landscape meant project timelines were fluid, but schedules couldn’t be shifted easily because of the staffing shortages. Ultimately, this confluence of factors was negatively affecting the bottom line.

More staffing was needed, obviously, and the management team had plans to address it, by adding 30 percent more FTEs in the coming year. Even that, though, wasn’t as simple as it seemed: the project management organization (PMO) couldn’t formulate guidance regarding the key positions that should be hired first, because project schedules were maintained in individual MS Project files while FTE forecasts were in a separate cost-tracking system. As a result, it was hard to visualize the aggregate resource demand across all projects and across the different skill sets. Moreover, the resource availability data was located in a spreadsheet belonging to HR, structured at the individual FTE level.

All of this fragmented data storage meant the PMO couldn’t easily tell where resource shortfalls were developing. When development plans changed, the team couldn’t assess quickly whether the right FTEs would be available to execute the new schedule and how other projects would be affected.

To address these issues, and help clarify where and when additional staffing resources would be needed, the company turned to Enrich and the Enrich Analytics Platform. (more…)

22 05, 2013

Resource Planning Software’s “Last Mile” Problem

By |2017-05-23T15:42:02-08:00May 22nd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

last-mileThe last twelve years of helping R&D teams overcome the challenges of portfolio management has taught us a lot about strategic resource planning. We’ve watched R&D-driven firms spend millions of dollars on complex project management systems, hoping for a magic wand that properly staffs R&D projects and ensures their timely and efficient completion. We’ve seen companies deploy systems that compile project schedules with staff and budget needs, systems that track time and money spent on each project, and processes that authorize projects and the resources they require.

Yet despite substantial investments in these systems, adequate staffing remains an elusive goal for many companies, and their projects are delayed when appropriate staff or facilities become unavailable at key points in development. This is what I call resource planning’s “last mile” problem, falling short of delivering the promised results despite extraordinary investment.*

At many organizations it is still devilishly difficult to answer the following questions:

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