A Practical Guide on Making Data-Driven Decisions in Resource Management

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Resource management is a critical aspect of project management that has the potential to make or break the success of a project. 

Project managers are responsible for effective planning, scheduling, and allocation of resources, for example, people, equipment, software, and expenses. They also need to maximise their utilisation throughout the project.

If resource management is done well, a project can generate profit whilst the agreed scope of work is delivered on time and within budget. In other words, project success. If resources are poorly managed, the project can fall behind and run over budget because the right people or equipment is not available when it is needed.

Data-driven decision-making requires you to gather data as per your business operations and KPIs, process it, and convert it to actionable insights for making the most of the resources available at your disposal. 

By harnessing data-driven decision-making, project managers are able to introduce a level of accuracy and certainty to the resource management process.

In this practical guide, we are going to walk you through the process for data-driven decision-making that you can use to make informed decisions regarding resource management.

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Data-Driven Decision-Making in Resource Management – Overview

Data-driven decision-making for managing resources involves gathering and analysing facts about the demand and availability of the project resources. It includes setting up resource management metrics, gathering data, and converting it into actionable insights to inform your strategic business resource management decisions. 

Data-driven decision-making in resource management helps develop an effective plan of action for allocating and utilizing the available resources, to maximise the return on investment. 

Added benefits to managing your project resources well are far-reaching, for example, we see clients making tangible improvements to their environmental sustainability through better project performance management.

A data-driven approach to decision-making in resource management helps take the guesswork out of the equation. Instead of relying on intuition and observation, you make resource management decisions that are backed by thorough data analysis. 

Why is Data-Driven Decision Making Important for Effective Resource Management?

Data-driven resource management assists project managers in developing an appropriate resource management plan that meets the short and long-term goals of your business. 

Data-driven decision-making in resource management helps project managers analyse the effectiveness of the current allocation strategy, and predict future demands. Gathering and processing data for resource management helps you ensure that your project gets completed on time, and within the budget constraints. 

Here are some of the key benefits of data-driven decision-making in resource management:

  • Effective resources allocation
  • Determine underutilisation and overutilisation of resources
  • Identifying, ranking, and assessing resource-related risks
  • Future project resource demand forecasting 
  • Workforce optimisation
  • Documented insights for better resource management for future projects
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How to Make Data-Driven Decisions in Resource Management?

  1. Determine Your Resources Requirements

When it comes to decision-making for resources management, you need to start with determining the overall resources requirement that you need to complete the project. 

By figuring out the exact amount of resources required, you get to make informed decisions regarding the onboarding, utilisation, and deployment of the people, equipment and software, as well as purchase costs and expenses.

  1. Keep Track of the Availability of the Resources 

As the project progresses, keeping track of resource utilisation becomes of intrinsic importance. You need to be aware of the availability of the resources at each stage to ensure you stay on top of the resource requirements. 

Keeping track of resource availability is essential for accurate resource forecasting throughout the project development stage. With accurate details of the resource availability at your disposal, you can streamline your project development operations, without any issues.

  1. Optimize Scheduling & Budgets

Project budget scheduling is one of the most critical aspects of effective resource management. Based on the data gathered in the initial requirement analysis stage, you can make informed decisions regarding the scheduling of the project’s financial resources. 

You can schedule the budget across different project locations and teams, throughout the project lifecycle. As the project progresses further, you can optimize the schedules and budgeting as per the availability of the resources. 

  1. Resources Monitoring

Effective resource management decision-making requires you to stay on top of resource utilisation at all times. You need to set up a system where you get to measure the resource utilisation through each phase of the project lifecycle

Based on the data that you gather in the resource monitoring stage, you can review the resources availabillity, plan accurate forecasts, and make decisions regarding the changing resource requirements. 

  1. Identify Risks and Conflicts

Effective resource allocation, utilisation, and monitoring results in fast and accurate risk identification and mitigations. By keeping tabs on your project resources, you can make decisions in real-time, regarding the resource allocation and utilisations.

This structured approach to data-driven decision-making in resource management helps reduce the risk of overutilisation. At the same time, resource deployment is streamlined throughout the project delivery phase.

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Data-Driven Decision-Making in Resource Management With Proteus

Proteus project software offers you a comprehensive solution for onboarding, utilisation, and deployment of resources. Proteus provides an easy view on the resources required to complete a project during the proposal stage as well as during project execution. Here is a brief overview of Proteus’ resource management features:

Accurate Resource Utilisation

Proteus enables you to allocate your resources to concerned teams separately, within a single console. This feature helps you in coming up with a detailed resource plan for your project. 

Resource Availability Management

After you have allocated resources, Proteus keeps track of the availability of the resources throughout the project implementation process. With effective resource availability management, you can accurately forecast the resources required to complete the project. 

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About Xergy and Proteus

Xergy Group’s Proteus work management solution is designed to work with your existing systems and to scale and evolve as your business evolves. Created by project management leaders, for the diversified engineering consultancy sector, Proteus delivers an end-to-end work management software platform with detailed workflows from the early opportunity stage through to project delivery. Proteus is compliant with common project management frameworks and ISO standards.

How to get Proteus

Proteus’ project management software is a cloud-based system designed for businesses of all sizes to handle projects of unlimited complexity. Each Proteus feature is aimed at making bottom-line improvements by improving proposal win rates, resource utilization, streamlining workflows, providing quick and efficient access to resources, and reducing overheads.

One of the unique advantages of Proteus is that we offer a free onboarding consultation service to ensure the company account is set up according to your company’s needs. This makes getting your company up and running on Proteus quick and easy. Get your free Proteus demo here.

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