How it works
The first step is to select what resources to consider. Resources can be planned for a business area, a department or resource group, functional manager, or selecting resource types or persons.
The resource plan is run and can be displayed based on weekly or monthly time periods. The monthly display is useful to support longer-term product or project portfolio planning. The weekly display is useful for department managers to take tactical actions and support assigning resources to new product development projects.
The tabular resource plan shows the available resources by time period, the project demand, and the net resource shortage or availability.
This resource plan can also be displayed in graphical format.
If there is a shortage of one or more resources, there are many ways that the problem could be solved – add full time resources, add temporary resources, postpone the start of a new project, put one or more projects on hold, de-scope one or more projects, kill one or more projects. PD-Trak provides flexible tools to make these changes and a modeling environment that allows different scenarios to be analyzed until the best solution is found.