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What should an IT leader do when the number of projects far exceeds their organization’s capacity?

Increase their capacity - w/ internal resources Increase their capacity - w/ external resources/partners Decrease the number of projects in flight via communication and collaborative (re-)prioritization The last thing you can do is stay on current path. You’ll lose your best people and your projects will not be successful.

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Increase their capacity - w/ internal resources Increase their capacity - w/ external resources/partners Decrease the number of projects in flight via communication and collaborative (re-)prioritization The last thing you can do is stay on current path. You’ll lose your best people and your projects will not be successful.
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Anonymous Author
Now that many CIO's are beginning to see COVID-related challenges disappear or fade away, we have the problem of plenty. Organizations want to catch up on all the time that they lost and all the business that they could not do. Many people, including myself, are now struggling with how to tell the business, "I don't have the capacity. Even if I want to hire people, it's not going to be easy to get the resources or the skills to execute what you want." It's been a very interesting situation, because the organization is willing to give us the budget but it's not about the money. The budget doesn't help me execute successfully, it only gets me started. Now every project is about building new capabilities, so I have to make sure the organization is internally aligned and able to absorb that change without disrupting business as usual, and then scale it from there. For most organizations, the digital transformations that started three or four years ago were put on the back burner because revenue had dried up. Suddenly they are back because revenues are back up again. We are seeing tremendous growth. But salaries have gone up dramatically, and I’m struggling to maintain even help desk support people.
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Anonymous Author
Find out the trusted partner who can work with you to full fill the capacity. You can let your customer know about agency resources to have a trusted partnership with them.
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Anonymous Author
Prepare 3 envelopes.
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Anonymous Author
I worked for someone years ago who used an approach that I found very effective. We had the problem of shared resources in IT and multiple business people who needed them. So he got all of the customers in one room and we prioritized together. It was so effective because instead of people thinking, "IT is not taking care of me,” they were like, "Oh, I get it. Here is the total list of tasks being done." There was a certain amount of horse-trading where someone would say, "I get it, your thing is super important. My thing can be moved down the list now, but someday I may come to you and say that I need mine to go to the top of the list." Maybe we were lucky in terms of the personalities involved, but that transparency really changed the dynamic. In the absence of that, people come up with stories in their head like, "IT just doesn't like me", or "People in other business units are getting all the love and I'm not getting any attention."
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Anonymous Author
Establish a prioritization committee which involves the stakeholders from areas of the business and let them decide on the order of delivery. Ensuring that you have valid assessment / evaluation criteria for the priority setting is key. Ultimately the business owns the list, and you deliver on it.
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Anonymous Author
Prioritize using governance, consistent with the highest business priorities.
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Anonymous Author
The first thing to do is prioritize, then explore options to outsource and in parallel work to increase the organization's capacity, both in technology and human capital.
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