Strategic Capacity Management

Easily understand requirements for the year ahead and maximize usage of global resource pools; fulfil 85% of resource requirements quickly and easily; satisfy the balance using readily available data and insights

What is Strategic Capacity Management?

Strategic Capacity Management is the process of working out how much resource you need to meet demand. Whether you’re checking you have enough staff to meet demand next year, or just trying to work out who is around next week, capacity planning is the thought process behind establishing if you have enough people to do the work. This process enables you to effectively forecast demand (from six months up to five years) by resource skill type and apply scenario modelling to that demand information across the portfolio.

Why Should You Use Strategic Capacity Management?​

Strategic Capacity Management by Cora provides control and visibility of all resources across all business areas. It highlights resourcing issues and provides the ability to manage the demand and approval of resources on projects globally.

This visibility allows for a better understanding of the impact on adding multiple projects to overall project delivery and the effect on this and other projects through the ‘what-if’ scenario planning functionality.

All of these functions are delivered through a central, easy-to-use, real-time system with one look and feel for a global organization.

5 Benefits of Capacity Planning

Maximize Utilization

Get more done with the same amount of people/resources

Real Time Data

Accurate information on team availability, increasing rate of project success/on-time delivery​

Better Planning

Complete visibility so you know the demand for resources and can plan to it

Project Your Team

Help your team avoid task clashes and bottlenecks, balancing workload across your teams and portfolios

Organize Your Time

Know what’s coming up, analyze scenarios and prioritize what’s important

Complete Control & Visibility

Strategic Capacity Management provides control and visibility of all resources across all business areas. It highlights resourcing issues and provides the ability to manage the demand and approval of resources on projects globally.

This visibility allows for a better understanding of the impact on adding multiple projects to overall project delivery and the effect on this and other projects through the “what-if” scenario planning functionality. 

All of these functions are delivered through a central, easy-to-use, real-time system with one look and feel for a global organization.

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Upfront, Accurate Planning

Strategic Capacity Management by Cora provides clients with an upfront, accurate plan template without having to go through a detailed project planning process for each project, saving months of upfront time.

The ‘what-if’ analysis allows management to decide whether to increase resources through hiring or reallocation to increase capacity.

Using the intuitive outputs from the “what-if” scenario-planning component, organizations can adjust their hiring plans, or amend the schedules of projects or portfolios to facilitate optimization of available resources.

Maximize Resource Utilization

Maximize resource utilization – get more done with the same amount of people increasing project success rates. ​

Global resource pools can be used to fulfill capacity requirements which ensures global capacity is used rather than having pockets of spare capacity at local levels due to lack of visibility. ​

The full audit capability provides traceability for all decisions made and dispatches email alerts at all stages of the approval process.

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Reporting

Resource Managers can see the current allocation of all users across the organization.

Quickly identify resources that are over or under allocated.

Directly re-assign tasks for over-allocated users without having to access individual projects.

The Strategic Capacity Management Lifecycle

There are three key phases in the Strategic Capacity process

Plan

Using a top-down resourcing method, the Project Manager selects the skill-sets/preferred resources and inputs the required demand to determine resource availability and allocation

Approve & Allocate

Once requested, the Resource Managers are able to assess the gap and assign named resources (using a drag-and-drop technique) to the projects based on availability and capacity to undertake the task.

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Insight

Once the Resource is assigned, they will be alerted accordingly and all tasks assigned to them will surface on their personal dashboard with all the necessary details

A Complete Resourcing Solution

Our Strategic Capacity Management software complements our Resource Management software module. Used together they provide a full picture of the resources available and required to complete projects in your portfolio

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What is Scenario Planning?

Scenario Planning, sometimes referred to as “what-if” scenario planning allows users to model resource allocation without changing the actual
resourcing on the project. It can be to see the effect of adding capacity and the effect of changing project start dates.

By analyzing different scenarios, your stakeholders can shed light on the current and planned projects and help to build a resilient plan or identify new opportunities that may not have been previously considered.

Questions that “What-If” Scenario Planning will help you answer:

  • What happens if I delay this project
  • What happens if I cancel this project?
  • What happens if I have to deliver an unplanned project?
  • What happens if I bring forward a different project?

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