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A Bigger Boat or a Smaller Shark?

Free copy of the first chapter: The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook

Published By Martha Garcia
A Bigger Boat or a Smaller Shark?

[Jaws theme song] Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun… In the 1975 Stephen Spielberg film Jaws, actor Roy Schneider (aka Brody) famously states “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” This is also a great analogy from Jerry Manas’ latest book The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook and one that IT PMOs can relate to when it comes to the amount of resources they have in relation to the work that needs to get done. Watch the Jaws clip on YouTube for a quick bit of nostalgia.

Video: We're Gonna Need A bigger Boat

If people are the fuel that drives your organization (the boat), then demand is what burns though their time (the shark). Not managed carefully, demand can overload capacity and decrease productivity – whether it is a major strategic initiative or a project to improve processes, products, or service.

So how do you maximize resources to drive business growth and sustainability? Using a toolbox of approaches, you can more easily focus people on work that matters and minimize the impact of demand.

I invite you to download and read the first chapter of The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook by Jerry Manas, a best-selling business author and recognized thought leader in organizational project and resource management.

The first chapter includes:

  • Tools for overcoming common barriers
  • How to make decisions on time capture, resource assignments, and competing priorities
  • Best practices on ownership of resource management and capacity planning functions
  • How to address the human side of resource management and capacity planning
  • How other companies are using the book’s methods to achieve great success

No matter how large or small your organization, proven methods can help you make the best use of your limited resources.

If you liked this first chapter, you’ll love Jerry’s book. You can get a copy of the book on Amazon.

What do you think of the first chapter? Can you relate to the “We’re gonna need a bigger boat” analogy? Share by leaving a comment below.

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Written by Martha Garcia

Martha Garcia graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Communication Studies. It was here that she developed an interest in corporate communication, specifically in the areas of change management within complex organizations as well as leadership and organizational behavior. Martha is responsible for working closely with thought leaders in the areas of IT and the PMO to develop compelling programs and content including informative webcasts and white papers for the IT PMO community.