Resource Planning Example: The Pyramids

Pyramid SlideThis diagram, one of my favorites, shows how resource planning is a new but ancient discipline. The builders of the Pyramids used a classically hierarchical organization breakdown structure. Each dot at the bottom of the Pyramid represents twenty men. As you go up the Pyramid, you can see how many people are in each of the units that comprise this organization. So, resource planning is as old as large-scale efforts conducted by human beings. But resource planning is -- and has always been -- plagued by problems with communication. In most modern organizations, if you use a hierarchical communication structure, in which the individual group leader reports to his manager, with communication moving upwards, you end up with a flood of detail data that are not usable. Also, this structure creates many opportunities for miscommunication, spin, suppressing or hiding bad news, and so on.

These serious communication problems can be resolved with modern technology. For effective resource planning, we believe there needs to be a set of software application tools in which:

* Data are collected at the lowest and most credible level.

* Data and analysis are obtainable by anyone in the organization, as needed.

--Peter Heinrich

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