Do You Need a Resource Management Team?

June 16, 2020

In the latest PMI report Pulse of the Profession 2020 (2020), 11.4% of surveyed organizations attribute investment waste to poor project performance.

What defines project performance and ultimately its success is the completion of the intended goals on time and within budget. As simple as it sounds, organizations still fail in many of their programs due to the lack of resource management strategies in a context that has drastically changed over the past few years. Old processes are no longer working and technological advances are dictating the pace and competitive landscape. Asking for more with less inevitably leads to overstretched assets, both in terms of personnel and operational means.

From research to clinical trials, each with their own sets of subprograms, teams often work on concurrent projects and divide their attention, time, and material assets between ventures. In order to prevent delays and avoid scope creep, it is necessary to empower project leadership with authority.

Below, we share some information on how to effectively manage your resources and understand whether or not you need a team to help.

Steps to Effective Resource Management

Below, we share some information on how to effectively manage your resources and understand whether or not you need a team to help.

Assess Resource Availability

Resource availability will determine whether or not you can deliver. By assessing resource availability, you can determine how to focus on high-value projects. The benefits of optimal resource utilization include:

  • More motivated and engaged teams
  • Resources fully used but not overstretched
  • Minimal oversights
  • Projects milestones delivered on time and on budget


Keep Visibility on Execution 

Even the best-planned projects require a certain level of progress tracking. Knowing what is happening in real-time can provide insights into what might not be working as expected. In turn, this increases efficiency with prompt reactions and adjustments.

Comparing planned performance vs actual progress helps better understand how resources are managed at a granular level. The benefits of this overview include:

  • Ability to track progress and project spend
  • Proactive shifts in resource allocation
  • Up-to-date teams across the entire scope of the program
  • Predictive analytics for future projects


Planning for External Resources Needs

Project resource management includes forecasting the need to hire and/or outsource some tasks. When projects are high-value and require strategic decisions, in-house resources may be insufficient. Similarly, administrative action items are better left to contract workers so as to not overburden your staff.

By keeping your team members focused on the tasks that best match their strengths, you can fill the gaps with external experts that specialize in a variety of fields, such as medical writingregulatory compliance, and more.

Some of the benefits of outsourcing include:

  • Frees up time for the team to focus on their area of expertise
  • Complements skill sets in less developed talents
  • Prevents burn-out and loss of commitment
  • Prevents errors due to work overload


Streamline Processes and Methodologies

While a single methodology may not be adapted across all teams, multiple processes usually means redundant work, misalignment in format, and difficulty merging data. Establishing a common framework of execution helps keep the project on track and prevents cross-functional conflicts. Allowing unique approaches when necessary, while standardizing as much of the processes as possible, results in less frustration, better performance, and better deliverables.

Some of the benefits of creating a unified process include:

  • Minimize redundancies and double bookings
  • Simplify data exchange and communication
  • Create synergies between teams
  • Save time processing and compiling documents


How Do You Know if You Need a Resource Management Team? 

When deciding whether or not you should use a resource management team, consider your team’s existing skill sets. These could include:

  • Technical skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Business skills
  • Digital skills

In addition, you should also consider how mature your team’s capabilities are in important facets of the project, including:

  • Resource forecasting
  • Project planning
  • Availability vs utilization
  • Performance tracking
  • Processes agility

In Pulse of the Profession 2019 (2019), PMI highlights the fundamental shift in how work is getting done today. The Project Management Technology Quotient is directly linked to efficacy and project ROI. Simply put, adopting resource management strategies that augment skillsets with technology is no longer a matter of “maybe we will”, but an urgent necessity.

For over two decades, pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device organizations have trusted ProPharma Group’s consulting experience to help them reach success in complex projects.

Our expertise stems from the diversity of our skilled teams, coupled with a strong commitment to innovation. Our role is to provide our clients with long-term strategies, assist with project management training, and augment in-house resources with ad-hoc specialized teams.

From specific periodic needs to complete resource management processes overhaul, ProPharma Group delivers:

  • Project leadership
  • Processes and adapted tools
  • Project management framework
  • Measurable ROI

Request a no-obligation consultation to discuss your resource management challenges.


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