Plotting a Course for Work and Resource Management Success

In this guest blog, Esther from Planview talks about a new whitepaper focused on resource management in VUCA environments – digital transformation.

Like it or not, we are surrounded by a world of digital transformation. The rapid innovation—from cloud computing to AI to IoT—is making waves that require a new management mindset and a broader toolset. When this is also occurring alongside a rapidly changing modern workforce, how can you equip your ship for change? By charting a new course with work and resource management.

In our new whitepaper, Charting Your Journey to Success in Today’s Technology Revolution, best-selling author, speaker, and consultant, Jerry Manas, takes a deep dive into new ways of managing and executing work to meet the expectations of today’s workforce. He explains how work and resource management can bring together domains that are typically managed independently—albeit in a disjointed fashion. The bridge that connects strategy and execution between modern teams and the organization is also further illustrated in the “Charting Your Journey to Success” infographic.

Managing product portfolios, strategy, and collaboration in isolated silos is no longer an option for today’s organizations. Yet, many are still hesitant about adopting work and resource management, and must change their mindset about how work gets done before they may achieve greater agility and alignment. Here are some best practices summarized from the whitepaper to help you get started:

  • Projects should always be prioritized, scheduled, managed, and assessed in the context of their respective outcomes.
  • Capabilities must be strategic, as strategy is not enough.
  • Organizations must integrate work and resources to broaden resource planning.
  • Embrace unstructured work done both individually and in teams.

By using these best practices to adopt a new mindset, organizations can begin to alter their outlook regarding work and resources. However, many will still need to throw out old ways of thinking before they can chart the right course. To gain significant agility and value, they will need to:

  • Leverage technology effectively to connect with customers. 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. Make sure your products take advantage of new technology opportunities.
  • Shift to continuous planning to align goals with market realities. 85% of IT organizations deviate from the annual plan several times per year. Continuous planning helps ensure they can still stay on the right course.
  • Maximize virtual and global teams. 79% of knowledge workers report that they always or frequently work in dispersed teams. Increase efficiencies by being open to virtual and remote workers.
  • Support diverse work methods and mobility to maximize productivity. 77% of millennial workers want greater mobile connectivity. Embrace multiple work methods and integrate various tools as needed.

When it comes to managing work execution and the expectations of today’s rapidly evolving workforce, you can ensure 21st Century efficiency through work and resource management. For more information, read the whitepaper, Charting Your Journey to Success in Today’s Technology Revolution, and check out the related infographic for more details.

How is your organization using work and resource management to navigate technological change? Leave a comment below and share some best practices of your own.






Esther Porter-Quinn

Esther Porter-Quinn is the Field Marketing Manager for Northern Europe at Planview. She is an accomplished marketing professional in both B2B/B2C across the Technology, Media, Finance, and Professional Services sectors. She has extensive experience in marketing strategy, planning, developing brand awareness, and communications in an international environment.

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