Project Resource Allocation Matrix (PRAM)

Project Resource Allocation Matrix (PRAM) is the cornerstone of any resource management solution.  It shows all allocations on a single page in the form of a table.  And you can quickly see the project sizes, as well as which resources are over and underutilized.

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Row total shows you the total allocation of the resource for all the projects and the column total shows you the number of resources allocated to that particular project.

 

Hover for More Information

When you hover on any Resource, you can see all the projects highlighted about which that person is allocated.  Similarly, when you hover on any project, you can see all resources highlighted that are allocated for that project.

When you hover on any cell, you can see the details about the resource allocation for the project, including the extent and the dates.

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Quick Allocation – Just Double Click!

Just double click any cell, and a popup appears using which you can quickly allocate a resource to the project.

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Timeline of Resource Allocation – Look into the Past, or the Future

You can see the resource allocation from the past, as well as into the future.

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Download as CSV

You can download the CSV version of the resource project allocation matrix and use it to play around with the data in your favorite spreadsheet program, such as Excel.

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3 Steps Towards Better Team Performance

Experienced managers know that you can enhance the performance of your entire team by setting up goals, conducting appraisals and by using the limitless power of a simple feedback. Let us review these three classic steps that go a very long way in establishing rewarding relationships at work.

Step 1: Set Measurable Goals: Define goals for all of your team members with clear target values (numbers, not text) and clear target dates.  Then, track this goal with the team member on a regular basis to check how much work is left for them to do.  Use the built in goodies of comments, documents, reminders and check-in partners to help your team reach their goals.

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Step 2: Conduct Formal Appraisals:  Performance Appraisals are a systematic and periodic process of assessing an individual’s performance.  Make the appraisal process as formal or as informal that works for your organization, but most importantly, conduct periodic appraisals.  Assign the appraisal of an individual team member to at least themselves (self review), possibly a peer, a manager and a direct report (if it applies).

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Step 3: Give Instant (and Genuine) Feedback: One of Dale Carnegie’s profound lessons is that praise every effort and even small improvements in performance.  Such feedback is what sets great companies apart.  So, go ahead and appreciate your team members for their efforts! It is small action, but boosts morale tremendously.  Recognition is an amazing key to motivation.

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To implement these 3 easy steps in your own organization, take a test drive on BizMerlin.

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