Effort Management

Human effort is at the heart of all project productivity. And Effort Management is at the heart of the ‘resource role model’ called RESRODEL.

By creating a harmony between Capability, Utilisation and Assignment, it goes beyond conventional resource management and workforce planning.

The Power of Three

Optimising enterprise outcomes for people, project delivery and business is a 3-way balancing act.

RESRODEL'S ability to quantify and analyse Demand, Capacity and Allocation simultaneously gives a more dependable picture of the future.

Creating Certainties

Predicting the future is complex due to the volatility of project environments, dispersion of workforces and intensity of data.

RESRODEL brings order to this complexity.

Optimise people numbers and work - in project based enterprises.

Think resource management.  Imagine the impossible.

For the first time, project-based enterprises (PBEs) can create harmony between Capability, Utilisation and Assignment. This will make it possible to balance people, project delivery and financial outcomes, and manage increasingly dispersed and contracted workforces.

RESRODEL is the ‘resource role model’ that embodies the new 'Effort Management' theorem and far surpasses conventional workforce planning and resource management methods.

Its approach engages everyone involved in managing people or projects via simple Demand, Capacity and Allocation modules and delivers empowering real-time analysis, in tables and charts.

RESRODEL has been designed to improve project delivery, financial performance and balance work life. It is not just a tool for projects, but a productivity solution for enterprises with projects, like consultancies, PMOs, contractors and software developers.

Key benefits of RESRODEL

  • Plan just enough people
  • Allocate people efficiently
  • Make justifiable decisions earlier
  • Improve project delivery
  • Improve financial performance
  • Reduce excessive workloads
  • Optimise contracted & dispersed workforces
  • Share work & people
  • Simple access for everyone
Get enormous benefit from simple analysis.
Just a 5% lift in utilisation can add more that 20% to a consultancy’s bottom line!

Old verses new

Traditionally, managers have balanced people numbers and work using qualitative judgement based on experience. While this may be adequate for small teams, it’s ineffective for larger or multiple teams. Progressive enterprises that employ a quantitative approach now have a choice and an opportunity to do even better.


Conventional Analysis

This intrinsically limited, two-dimensional approach focuses only on the gap between ‘Supply’ and ‘Demand’. Even if done in spreadsheets, or software,  the prediction of enterprise outcomes is ambiguous and incomplete.


Effort Management

RESRODEL’s three-dimensional approach enables balance between people, project delivery and financial outcomes, by predicting forecast metrics for Capability, Utilisation and Assignment. This method is continuous and complete.

Resource management is complex. It doesn’t have to be painful or too hard!

Finding an efficient balance between project work and people across an entire enterprise is a tough challenge. So tough, in fact, that many don't attempt it!


Managing a PBE is complicated and subject to project volatility.  People numbers are complex and managers are often too busy being effective, to be efficient.  Consequently, the value of analysis is questionable, so a PBE's future remains uncertain and perpetual waste remains the cost of doing business.  That's a painful scenario!

RESRODEL is the alternative that makes it easy to manage people numbers and alleviates the pain of poor outcomes across key areas.


Project Delivery


Too few people and you'll fail to deliver



Too many people and you'll waste money




Overwork people and you'll exhaust and alienate them

How can we help?

Plan people numbers

Plan ‘just enough people’ with RESRODEL’s Capability Planning function. Use best-in-class modules to quantify Demand and Capacity. Use Effort Management analysis to predict the future. Justify the resources you need and be assured of optimal outcomes.

Coordinate work & people

Allocate people and work with RESRODEL’s Resource Allocation function. Use best-in-class modules to quantify Demand and Allocation. Use Effort Management analysis to predict the future. Be certain your projects will have the people they need when you need them.

Optimise utilisation

Optimise Enterprise Outcomes for people, project delivery and financial performance by using Effort Management analysis to predict workload, ability to deliver and efficiency. Crush waste and encourage work life balance, to make your PBE’s Potential your plan for performance.

Share work & people

Allocation of people to work is fundamental to efficiency. Simultaneous under-utilisation and over-utilisation in different sub-enterprises creates unnecessary waste. RESRODEL enables you to identify people and work that can be shared between sub-enterprises.

Self service analysis

Limited information access hinders the successful management of people and work. Tailored reports prepared by ‘gatekeepers’ dramatically slow information flow and decision making. RESRODEL enables everyone to submit their own multi-criteria queries.

Connect data

Use existing digital data by integrating it with RESRODEL. Your best practise tools, like programming and HC systems, have much of the data needed for managing people numbers and work. Use RESRODEL’s APIs to avoid double-handling and reporting delays

User Roles

RESRODEL works across an entire enterprise and will enable multiple participants in your PBE's effort management mission.  Which roles relate to you?   

Workforce & Resources Managers

RESRODEL has been built to relieve Workforce & Resource Managers of the burden of data-handling, analysis and communication. Capability Planning or Resource Allocation can become overwhelming when undertaken in a Project Based Enterprise due the project environment and complexity.

Enterprise Managers

Managers must predict and steer their PBEs knowing that they will have the right number of people to deliver projects, avoid overworking people and generate financial performance. It's essential to use Capability Planning and Resource Allocation, not just judgement, when managing many people.

HR Managers

HR’s information is essential for managing people numbers and work. Equally, project operation information is essential for HR. With increasingly contracted and dispersed workforces working in a project-like way, PBEs need better ways to efficiently manage people numbers and work.

Enterprise Types

The principles of effort management are universal and RESRODEL is a solution for many types of project based enterprise.  Which enterprises relate to you?


Consultancies provide specialist advice, services, deliverables or people to other enterprises. Utilisation is critical and delivery performance is essential. With finite people numbers, Capability Planning and Resource Allocation is vital for performance maximisation.


Program Management Offices reside within larger organisations to drive efficiency across multiple projects, often from a portfolio. As resource management is a key function of PMOs, Capability Planning and Resource Allocation are essential to their success.

Contractors / Builders

Contractors produce physical assets or systems for asset owners. With large workforces on multiple sites, Capability Planning and Resource Allocation is vital to achieve staff utilisation and ensure there are sufficient people to deliver projects.