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4G. Resource Management

  • 4G1. The vertical dimension is the dimension that is primarily concerned with resource management and allocation.
  • 4G2. An area leader is the head of a resource area, such as a function, department, etc.
    • An important role of the area leader is to ensure the area has capacity to serve the organization.
  • 4G3. A resource leader is a leader who has direct reports.
    • 4G3i. One of the most important roles that resource leaders play is aligning, developing, and deploying resources to meet the current and future needs of the organization’s sectors and vectors.
    • 4G3ii. Resource leaders must allocate resources based on organizational priorities.
  • 4G4. Capability planning:
    • 4G4i. It is the job of the area leader to ensure the area has a pool of resources with the capabilities needed to execute the strategy of the organization, both now and in the future.
  • 4G5. Capacity planning:
    • 4G5i. Each resource leader creates a capacity plan to deal with existing commitments.
    • 4G5ii. The resource leader works with direct reports to help them prioritize and allocate their own resources (primarily their own time).
      • 4G5iia. Allocate first the day-to-day processes/projects that create products for customers, then allocate resources to vector initiatives.
      • 4G5iib. Build the capacity plan from the bottom up based on the commitments individuals have made within their teams.
    • 4G5iii. If a new project is proposed, the resource leader will check available capacity to determine the necessary resources available.
    • 4G5iv. When resources are not immediately available for an initiative/program/project, the initiative must not be started until capacity is freed up (projects completed or terminated).
      • 4G5iva. Resource leaders collect data from the direct reports on commitments made, and therefore on available capacity. Capacity is managed by types of capability. (Not all resources within an area are interchangeable.)
    • 4G5v. In order to optimize the organization, the resource leader needs to allocate less than 100% of total capacity.
  • 4G6. Each area leader needs to develop a capacity plan for future needs.
    • 4G6i. This plan should consider the capacity needs for the sectors and vectors of the future, based on the strategic intent from the Executive Steering Council and strategic planning from the various sectors and vectors.
    • 4G6ii. This plan should also consider the capability needs of the people or equipment that will need to run the horizontal dimension in the future.