Allocating resources effectively and accurately is one of the biggest challenges for any project. No team is going to have a smooth project experience when the project managers or team leaders don’t know how their team members and budgets are allocated across projects and tasks.
One of the big problems project teams face is that there’s no shared location that shows how and where resources are deployed. By resources, I mean team members, along with the dollar amounts associated with pay and billing rates. When you don’t have the right data associated with each resource, this turns the act of allocating resources into a guessing game—bad for the project and bad for business.
When managing knowledge work in a flat organizational culture with well-paid, senior, respected, and efficient colleagues, it’s hard to ask them to complete their project task between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday just so you can pop it into your resource scheduler.