Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Managing Resources Across Project Teams.
- Well done, you've made it through my Managing Resources course. We covered some pretty tricky concepts, didn't we? And there are many areas where there isn't one right answer. The best approach depends on how many projects you have, how long they are, and how many people are in your team. Should you plan top-down or bottom-up, how much detail should you go down to, and how much autonomy should you give your teams? These are tricky areas, but at least you now know what needs to be thought about and what the pros and cons are for the options.
So, I hope this course has given you a deeper understanding of the subject and plenty of practical ideas for how you could do your resource planning and what to look out for. And I hope you've now got a clearer picture of how you're going to plan and obtain and control the resources for your various projects If you're already a project manager managing two or three projects, then you are already on your way to becoming a program manager and you can start with just a small spreadsheet with two or three Gantt charts on it and then move on to a Gantt of Gantts, and then you can gradually build up the sophistication of your view of the resources, projects, and time as you feel you need to.
Keep coming back to this course every now and then. You might find that in a year or two from now, you're ready to use another part of it. And if you are able to push the boundaries of knowledge further on than I have on this course, or if you managed to make a really elegant way to show the resources and the time plans for a number of projects in your program, either using my ideas or your own, then I'd love to see it. Please do email me anything good that you want to show me. It's always fascinating to see what people do as a result of these courses.
And of course, if you haven't done it already, then please do link in to me. It's great to keep in touch, and I hope to see you again on another one of my courses. Finally, remember that project and program management is a great career. It's quite well-paid, always interesting because every project is different, and it's a transferrable skill that you can use in any organization and wherever you go, it will always be in demand.
So, good luck with whatever you do next. I know it'll be great.
- What is program management?
- Planning from the bottom up vs. top down
- Resource planning
- Managing projects, resources, and time
- Getting the staff you need
- Self-organizing teams