Hello fellow professionals. Before I ask my questions, allow me a brief history of my work and experience.
-I've led teams of 5-40 for most of my professional career. My strengths are overall organization, communication and team leadership. I have a track record of getting very close with my team and understanding the individual goals/needs of each team member. HIGHLY EFFECTIVE but NOT SCALEABLE.
-My skillsets have proved adaptive to multiple industries and despite a strong desire to utilize them in Media Entertainment, I've bounced back and forth from Entertainment to Technology. I'M NOT TECHNICAL in a software development or IT sense.
-My current role is at a digital product studio. I'm confident leading the team, interacting with clients, establishing the project plan and scope of work but I'm INEFFECTIVE at understanding the ground level work of programming and software building.
Here's my proposed questions to the community;
1. As the primary Project Manager at my company, which strategies and software will help in not only establishing a strong and confident pm process but building that into a consistent and scaleable organizational tool?
Currently Utilized Tools:
-Task Management: Jira
-Resource Allocation: Google Spreadsheet made into monthly calendar (experimenting with Resource Guru) would love some recommendations...
2.Likewise, I'm also responsible for the resource allocation of my team's time. This has caused conflicts in the past as part of "normal operation" is to bring on new work which does not necessarily translate into increasing the size of the team or elongating existing project schedules. It routinely congests the workload and timelines. Being responsible for CLIENT MANAGEMENT and RESOURCE ALLOCATION seemingly is a conflict of interest no? It's tempting to give priority to projects and clients based on their level of intensity or conflict regardless of company objectives when the pipeline gets bottlenecked and project timelines start sliding. Company management leans on me heavily to make these decisions. Any advice on staying even keel but being agile enough to take advantage of real risks and opportunities?
3. Why is it so elusive to find a project management task software (Asana, Jira) that is ALSO a resource allocator (OmniPlan) that slides projects/task durations based on resource conflicts? Is there one?
"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."