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Project Management Advice: Allocating Resources

Fulfill large orders more efficiently with this project management tip

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Receiving a large order that a shop previously hasn’t fielded before can be a pain to fulfill. Sure, the influx of revenue is great, but some orders may paralyze a shop by requiring all available resources. Learn more about how to maximize and map out resources.

To run projects like a pro, you must think of everything involved with the project as a resource unit. Work hours, materials, equipment, money, etc. are all broken out into units of measure. Assign a usage grid to each resource and track when those resources will be used throughout the day and throughout the week.

Estimating the required resources by the hour will show the project manager when specific equipment will be free at any point throughout the day and work week. This allows employees to be shuffled around and other projects to take advantage of resource downtime when large projects are hogging machines or employees.

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Chris Howard

Chris Howard, MM has been working in Marketing and Product Development for 15 years in the fashion watch, handbag, and education industries. Formerly, he worked as the Marketing Coordinator at Gyford StandOff Systems. Howard holds a Masters of Management degree as well as certificates in Marketing and Visual Communication, combining his project management and continuous improvement knowledge with consumer decision-making models to create meaningful and timeless products and campaigns.

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