A visual resource plan, also known as a programme resource plan, tells you whether you can do what you want to do. Programme resource plans are good for monitoring and managing the likely changing resource requirements as the programme changes, and for strategic planning and prioritizing of projects, while balancing the needs of the ideal programme with the availability of resources.
- We've already seen the Gantt of Gantts,…but let's just really understand…what's behind the construction of that.…What are the building blocks that allow us to calculate it?…It looks quite intuitively obvious…and it's easy to see what it's telling us,…but actually it's not that easy to make.…So here are the three stages which it takes to get there.…First, we draw a network diagram…or critical path diagram,…which looks like this for a project.…
Don't jump straight to a Gantt chart,…but make this diagram first.…Maybe using Post-it notes…or textboxes on your computer screen.…And you can see that the longest path,…the critical path, is shown in red.…And then you would have a collection of these for a program.…Probably with no connecting links…between one project and another.…Interconnections between projects,…the green arrows I've shown here,…are what you dread.…They make the planning process infinitely more complicated,…though providing there are only a few…they can be managed.…
The purpose of this diagram…is to think about the running order of the tasks,…
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- 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