I came across a post from CA’s IT Governance evangelist Steve Romero on resource constraints and project portfolio management. His post “Never say again, ‘We don’t have enough resources to get the work done'” is an extended riff off this observation that:
[A] problem that besets every organization I have encountered in the 30+ years I’ve been working in IT. It is a statement I hear again and again: “We don’t have enough resources to get the work done.” Even though I get the affirming head-nods when I mention this problem, I ask folks in my audiences if they have enough resources to get the work done. Out of thousands of people, only one has raised their hand.
Romero goes on to promote a fact-based approach — centered on solid demand and resource management processes — to make sure that we’re “choosing the right things”, which should remove the need to make the “not enough resources claim.
I don’t buy much of his proposed approach, largely because I disagree with his definition of “choosing the right things” (below):
First, organizations must determine if a project or program should be done. If the investment promises appropriate value the next determination is, can it be done?
From my reading, Romero is saying that if one can’t do a project, then the project isn’t a “right thing”, and therefore you don’t have a resource problem. Doesn’t this beg the question of having enough resources by making “can” we do the project dominate “should” we do the project?