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A Capacity Planner: How Many Can You Lift?

A Capacity Planner: How Many Can You Lift?

“If I am a capacity planner, then I am always looking for optimal functionality, but really, what do I do?”

 

Who is a capacity planner? A capacity planner gathers performance data and measures the output to determine optimal fit within the production scheduling. A person in this position is normally at the business unit level, but there are enterprise level capacity planners that look at the whole organization, such as Resource Forecasters or Resource Estimators. A business unit capacity planner may be called a Performance Manager or a Performance Engineer among other titles, but who are they really? Every job is more than just a title.

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Capacity Planning Fast-Service™ Package

Capacity Planning 
Fast-Service™ Package

“If we select the pmNERDS' Fast-Service™ package, then we get rapid performance improvement, but we’ll need to answer questions and provide feedback.”

We all occasionally get major hankerings, it’s usually something that we can’t wait for and need within a very short period of time. For us it is usually food related, the Fast Food Industry utilizes the notion of standardization to produce food at minimal cost and preparation time while maximizing value within their business constraints. The question is can they make a compelling product while being profitable?

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Capacity Planning Readiness Check-list

Capacity Planning Readiness Check-list

ARE YOU READY FOR CAPACITY PLANNING?

I find that organizations are evenly divided across the three levels of readiness: chaos, visibility, and controlled/optimized. Only about 5 percent of the ready organizations were at the highest "optimized" level, ready with advanced capabilities such as ensuring the best-fit resource for the highest-value work, ongoing resource planning for adapting to change, and the ability to perform what-if simulations.

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Capacity Planning Transitions

Capacity Planning Transitions

"If we continue to improve our resource and capacity planning capability, then we’ll experience lower resource costs, increased amounts of ‘On-Time’ projects, and less conflict, but we will have to make changes in the organization."

Formalizing the process

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Capacity Planning: How Long Can You Lift it?

Capacity Planning: How Long Can You Lift it?

“If you want to determine the production capacity and the plan necessary to meet the changing demands for its products and services, then you have done sufficient capacity planning, but what strategy and steps were taken to develop your plans?”

It should be self-evident as to why an organization should care about capacity planning. No one wants to be in the situation where they have tons of people with nothing to do or to have too many projects and not enough people. As work piles up you are unable to become more efficient or grow as a company. You are unable to do much more than fight the fires. A company that has done sufficient capacity planning understands their priorities, the resource availability, the cash flow, as well as the intricacies of their time frame. Every project matters!

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Capacity Planning: How Much Can You Lift?

Capacity Planning: How Much Can You Lift?

“If I invest significant resources to capacity planning, then I understand the production capacity needed to meet the changing demands, but I am not sure what capacity planning really entails.”

My morning is never complete without a cup of coffee. So, when I first came across the term “capacity planning,” I automatically went to my regular morning struggle, how much coffee can I put into this travel mug without burning myself? This might seem trivial, but it is a delicate process. How big is the mug? Do I want to leave room for cream? How much cream? If your calculation is even slightly off you burn yourself at some point, have a subpar cup of joe, or you managed to cheat yourself out of some coffee.

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Specialist Estimates, Earned Value, & Earned Schedule

Specialist Estimates, Earned Value, & Earned Schedule

"If we let the resources assigned to tasks contribute to time estimates, then they might be more accurate, but resource non-availability can still mess up the plan.”

Within the Integrated PM System, Specialist (the resources assigned to tasks) estimates are a crucial, but often overlooked, aspect of project estimates. Resources executing tasks on their time sheets can and should provide the "current remaining estimate" of tasks they're responsible for each week. Most enterprise software allows for this. This keeps the project schedule accurate in terms of remaining time, and it reflects the ongoing viewpoint of the people executing the tasks. And project managers should stay in communication with resources and resource managers to ensure availability for upcoming work. Much like a GPS uses satellite information on traffic patterns to calculate the remaining time on your trip, Specialist estimates help keep your project schedule reflective of reality.

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