If you want your business to be predictable, resource planning on projects should begin early. Often, before you know who is going to do the work.
Yet best practices dictate that you shouldn’t commit real resources until the dust has settled.
So, we’re solving the problem here at VOGSY with placeholder resources.
Placeholders are typical roles rather than actual resources that you can assign to projects until you’re ready to replace them with actual people. Think “Project Manager,” “Designer” and similar roles that apply to your organization. You define placeholder resources in terms of skills, roles, billability and availability.
VOGSY introduced placeholders to project resource planning so you can:
- Plan effectively even if you don’t have the resources to place
- Estimate costs and revenues of services in the proposal stage so you know the probable margin of different scenarios
- Quickly understand which job roles need to be filled in the coming months and who to re-assign or hire, when and for how long
- Make sure you’re equipped to complete work and meet revenue targets