4 Common problems with Resource Management

Written by Janice Shapiro

Janice joined Counterpart in 2020, with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications. She has a wealth of experience in developing and delivering strategic and tactical projects. She has strong copywriting, analytical and problem-solving skills. She has worked in both the not-for-profit and private sectors and has experience in working in the technology sector and start-ups.

3rd February 2022

Is Resource Management/ Planning one of your companies pain points?

If so, read the below as we have identified four common problems and how to solve them.

Firstly, what is Resource Management / Planning?
It is the step in writing a business plan where you identify all the resources in a proposed project. It sounds simple enough. But coming up with a summary to manage your workload needs to be comprehensive to make sure all the resources that you need to complete the project are clearly identified. Resources can be anything from equipment to project sites to people.

Common Problems:

1. Manual data entry eats up your time
A project resource software that automates manual tasks, reduces the likelihood of mistakes and freeing up staff for other tasks. This could result in a more streamlined and productive workforce.

2. Stand-alone software systems slows you down
As the business grows, stand-alone systems paint an increasingly inaccurate picture of the company’s resources. This can be a drain on employee productivity and lead to a time-lag in producing accurate performance data.

3. Efficiency suffering due to poor communication
Ineffective communication between employees and departments can lead to resource planning problems that affect your business’s bottom line. This could result in the late delivery of projects and unproductive employees.

4. Projects are competing for resources
Most companies rarely have sufficient resources to staff all projects concurrently. The result is that projects effectively compete against each other, with resources assigned to a number of projects at the same time. This can cause bottlenecks, particularly where specialist skills are in high demand.

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