Resource Conflicts Explained – How Agile Project Management Resolves Them

Resource Conflicts Explained - How Agile Project Management Resolves Them

Agile Project Management helps when your team has developed evolving needs and wants to rapidly deliver the project.

The traditional method, mostly known as the Waterfall methodology, fails to keep up with the requirements change.

On one hand, Agile Methodology is about iterative planning whereas on the other hand Waterfall is about sequential planning.

In software development companies there are constant requirements changes.

So a method that is based on continuous planning and feedback through the process will deliver the business value right from the start.

It has few benefits, let us walk you through it

  • Regular Testing produces high-quality products
  • Testing is integrated throughout the production cycle. Regular testing ensures the product is working through the development and helps resolve issues if any.
  • Meeting Customer’s needs
  • User interaction is encouraged. The product owner is present every step of the way of the progress of development. His feedback and involvement are essential to delivering the right product.
  • Chances of risk are reduced
  • From the beginning of the project, in the very first sprint, you have a working product. This eliminates the chances of complete project failure.
  • Seamless collaboration
  • Everyone is on the same page regarding the project, the scrum master, the product owner, and the development team. Daily scrum meetings identify the work that is done, the work to be done, and the issues.
  • Prevents resource conflicts
  • With ever-changing goals, your team can miss deadlines, and it could lead to project failure. But agile project management can prevent chaos in your workflow process and remove resource conflict.

When a project manager needs a scarce resource, and there is insufficient capacity to allow all demands on that resource to be met, it is called a resource conflict.

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When it happens, you ought to ask yourself a few questions to gain much-needed clarity about the problem.

  • Is the resource spread out too thin?
  • Or is he having trouble prioritizing projects?
  • Do other resources have his skill??
  • Are they available?
  • Can you distribute the tasks?
  • If you can’t solve it, can a higher level of project manager do it?
  • What is the time you need to solve the conflict?

17% of the projects fail due to poor resource management, according to PMI 

Project-Fall

Proper resource planning can be done with the help of robust project management software.

It helps with planning, analysis, and forecasting. 

It can also increase your project success rate exponentially.

“Even though only 22% of the organizations use PM software, 77% of high-performing projects use project management software.- Wellington’s survey” 

If you want success, you need to use agile project management to prevent resource conflict.

Here is how it solves the conflicts

1. Optimal use of resources

Efficient resource management involves planning, allocation, and efficient resource utilization.

It makes sure you are making proper use of the resources available to you. It also guarantees that your team isn’t underperforming or your staff isn’t overburdened.

Happy resources to perform to their fullest.

Resource utilization can be effective only when resource allocation is on point. 

A project manager picks the resource for a particular task based on his skills and availability.

He checks whether the resource is free enough to take on the task.

Project management software provides you with features like – Resource Availability and Resource Utilization to ease your resource management process.

It helps you analyze whether your resources are over-utilized or under-utilized.

You can check the productivity of a resource by comparing his estimated hours with actual hours spent. 

Resource-Availability

You can also check whether a resource is available for a particular task with the resource availability feature. A resource availability chart maps out the time a resource can invest.

It shows you whether he is available for the task, overloaded or on leave. If a resource is booked for 8 hours of tasks for that day, then when you assign a task he is on task overload.

Resource Utilization

If a resource is spread out too thin, you can assign tasks to someone else or you can distribute the task among team members.

This way you can complete the task on time without overtaxing the resources. The benefits don’t end here.

Here are some more advantages of using resource availability.

  • Heightened collaboration and team understanding.
  • Awareness of task dependencies
  • Enhanced clarity on project progress
  • Team members are on top of their schedule
  • Easy and timely delivery of projects

2. Transparent Communication

Project management becomes a piece of cake when all the information and all the team members are on a single platform.

A common chart listing the availability of all team members gives everyone clarity for future project progress.

It prevents resource conflicts because resource allocation becomes easy.

The PM needs to choose a specific member for a task with relevant skill, who is available at the said time.

When all these lengthy processes become automated through software, this saves a lot of time and there is a better alignment on business objectives.

3. Conflict prevention saves time

Team and time are two critical resources. You do not want to waste any.

Agile project management can solve resource conflicts and save time.

The daily catch-up ritual is something to be followed ardently by the team.

You know where your project stands, where it has to go, and you decide which route to take to reach their fastest.

Here is a simple example describing how agile project management prevents resource conflicts.

Our team had to publish five milestone contents within a week. But we are a team of 3, Rachel is booked for the week, and so is Tina. It’s only Rory who is available for the task.

But our content head knew that 5 for 1 is an unbalanced ratio. The unavailability of other team members took a toll on productivity.

 

So he took the matter into his hands and tried solving the resource conflict. He reallocated the tasks to Tina and Rachel. Tina had 1 milestone content, Rachel had 2 milestone content and Rory had 3 milestone content to deal with.

He reassigned the task priorities and saved the pending tasks for next week.

Even though the resources weren’t completely available, he knew how to re-prioritize and deliver the immediate results important for the project.

Agile project management gives you increased control over the project and helps you to adapt according to the change. What does a Project manager learn from it?

  • You learn how to be more accommodating
  • You become adaptable
  • Become a master at re-prioritizing
  • How to hit relevant and immediate goals
  • How to manage resources
  • Prevent project delays

Resource conflicts can be prevented by resource management components like availability and allocation. Agile project management is all about continuous planning and adapting. It is flexible enough to handle conflicts and does not fall back on the progress.

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