Plano, TX (PRWEB) October 23, 2013
Mark Woeppel, president and CEO of Pinnacle Strategies, wrote a new blog post discussing how to create project deadlines based on an enterprise-wide understanding of capacity. Project teams are often reluctant to make a completion date commitment, but commitments must be made. This blog post will help managers understand how to create deadlines based on the availability of resources to get that work done.
When teams are distributed, it’s hard to define the overall capacity available for projects. Identifying that capacity is difficult because:
-There is a Lack of Visibility – It is difficult or impossible for managers to catalog all skill sets and resources from all regions/locations into one comprehensive understanding of available capability.
-Accuracy – Local suppliers and managers, even if they’re willing to openly share their capabilities, often lack an accurate assessment of their own capacities.
-Lack of Commonality – It is often difficult to equate resources from different locations. Often project teams put their resources by people, not skills, making it difficult to assume one resource has the same skills as another in a different location.
Multiply these challenges across locations, cultures, varying work practices, time zones and local agendas, and the scope of the task gets much, much more complex. In essence, delivering reliable commitments requires:
1. A common understanding of capacity
2. A common understanding of the work to be done
3. A process / mechanism to reconcile the two
To read the entire blog post here: http://pinnacle-strategies.com/blog/2013/10/basing-promises-on-an-enterprise-wide-understanding-of-capacity/.
Read more practical solutions to managing distributed teams in Pinnacle Strategies’ new ebook, “Remote Control: How to Get Productive Teamwork from Distributed Project Teams” here http://pinnacle-strategies.com/remote-control-lp01.html. This publication reveals how to get distributed resources to work together as an effective team by creating a means to share, collaborate and communicate in a timely and inclusive manner.
About Pinnacle Strategies
Pinnacle Strategies is an international management consulting firm focused on operations management excellence. We work with organizations to increase shareholder value by developing high-performance business processes that significantly enhance productivity, reduce costs and time to market, improving profitability and accelerating sustainable growth. Pinnacle Strategies offers results-driven consulting solutions in the areas of performance management, project management, operations management, and supply chain.
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