Gartner Research

Resource Capacity Planning for PPM Leaders: Crawl Before You Walk

Published: 01 November 2019

ID: G00439898

Analyst(s): Robert Handler , Mbula Schoen


Balancing available resources against demand for those resources is essential to successful initiative completion. Program and portfolio management leaders must enable careful initiative prioritization, prevent resource overload and promote flexible completion timing to maximize value delivery.

Table Of Contents


  • Practical Resource Management — You Must Learn to Crawl Before You Can Walk or Run
  • The Crawl Approach, or Resource Capacity Planning on the Back of an Envelope
    • Top Flap of the Envelope — Capacity Calculation
    • Bottom of the Envelope — Resource Requirements or Demand Calculation
    • Allocate Resources Based on Priority Until Resources Are Exhausted
  • Mastering the Crawl Stage

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