Webinar: Resource Planning a “Tops Down” and “Bottoms Up” Approach


Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs):
This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle.

Event Description

Many organizations today do an excellent job at “project” planning but still have projects that come in behind schedule and over budget. The simple reason for many situations is that “resource management” is the critical problem, not necessarily detail “project management”. Handling such an environment requires BOTH a “top-down” and “bottoms-up” approach to resource management.A great many projects start out with a spreadsheet based budget and high-level resource plan long before a task schedule is created in Microsoft Project. This “Top-down” resource plan is very often based on general skills (DBA, Tester, Programmer, etc.), and not specific named resources which later appear in the task schedule. Leading industry analysts have identified one of the main reasons for projects not meeting their schedule is that early on in a project’s life cycle, some resources are committed to the project that are in fact over committed but the managers are not aware of it. Another issue documented by the analysts is that fact that when a project slips the project manager and the line managers whose staff is on the project, are not aware of the conflicts the slippage causes with other efforts.This session will focus on how to successfully do both “Top-down” and “Bottoms-up” resource planning for the complete project lifecycle and techniques for getting early warnings of resource problems across the many projects in the organization is a timely manner, such that corrective action can be taken.
Specific Topics:

  • “Best practices” for early stage resource planning
  • Techniques to alert management of potential resource conflicts when projects slip
  • Creating a resource “negotiation” process
  • Identify efficient reporting techniques

Rich Murphy has more than 35 years of experience in the project management, commercial software development, and engineering fields. His project management experience began as the project controls engineer for a $4 billion power plant engineering and construction project.. Since 1980, he and his long-time partners have led the development of many leading commercial project management software systems. After Microsoft’s acquisition of one of the systems developed by this team in August 2000, Rich joined the Microsoft, and participated in the development of Project Professional and Project Server. He was the original Solution CEO for Microsoft’s Enterprise Project Management system. In December 2002, Rich and his team formed EPK Group LLC, to build a comprehensive portfolio and resource management system based on Microsoft’s platforms.

Rich holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.


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