Effort Management

Effort Management is a new paradigm that combines the planning and allocation of people and work to enable optimised outcomes for people, delivery and financial performance.

What is Effort Management?

Processes for planning and allocating people to work fall under Workforce Planning, Workforce Management or Resource Management fields of expertise. RESRODEL also now provides Outcome Management as well.

What’s common to the above processes is that they all manage effort, human effort, because effort is at the heart of all human productivity.

People contribute their time to enterprises as units in ‘effort’, in hours. ‘Effort’ is precious, and should be as important to an Enterprise as financial and material resources.

Effort can occur in the past, present and future and be a need, availability or allotment. At any point in the future, the relationship between future Types of Effort will determine an enterprises outcomes. Without the aid of computers, modelling all Types of Effort can be complex and difficult, yet the resulting insights are as elementary as they are profound.

Effort Management is based on the Effort Management Theorem.

How is this achievable?

RESRODEL is the ‘Resource Role Model’ that embodies the Effort Management Theorem to predict and resolve the complex challenge of modelling people and work in a PBE.


Effort Management is highly applicable to Project Based Enterprises (PBE’s) such as consultancies, PMO’s, contractors and software developers, , due to the complexities of the project environment.

Why use Effort Management?

For many PBE’s, this multi-dimensional challenge has proven too daunting and sub-optimal outcomes are written off as ‘business as usual’ and ‘the cost of doing business’. For a PBE to be successful, Enterprise Outcomes of people, project delivery and financial performance must be balanced and optimised. For projects to be successful, Project (Delivery) Outcomes of time, cost and quality will only be achieved with the sufficient provision of people.