Planview’s Jerry Manas Wrangles the “Demand Shark” in Latest Book “The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook”

Press Release   •   Sep 23, 2014 07:00 EDT

Bestselling author offers proven techniques and approaches in “Maximizing the Value of Your Limited People Resources”


Bigger boat or smaller shark? For organizational leaders who have too much demand for too few employees, this is a legitimate question. They can try to get a “bigger boat” by adding people – not always practical – or they can attempt to reduce the volume or impact of demand. Moreover, there are strategies for optimizing existing resources many organizations overlook. Those who do nothing face significant risk, according to bestselling author Jerry Manas, who addresses how to tame the “demand shark” in his latest book, which hits bookstores this week: “The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook: A Guide to Maximizing the Value of Your Limited People Resources” published by McGraw-Hill Professional.

“Trying to accomplish too much with too few resources has become almost customary in business today. More often than not, though, all that organizations ‘accomplish’ is delayed projects, mass confusion, and missed opportunities instead of the achievement of business goals,” said Manas, senior editor for Planview. “My aim with this book is to help organizations conquer the complexities of resource and demand management with benchmarks, guidelines, and tools for maximizing the value of their most precious asset–their people.”

One way “The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook” enables companies to tackle the critical challenges of demand and resource capacity is the Capacity Quadrant, a breakthrough model for organizational capacity planning that addresses the four lenses of visibility, prioritization, optimization, and integrated planning.

The book also covers the following topics:

  • The current state of resource management and capacity planning
  • Case studies from organizations that have used the book’s methods with great success
  • Tools for overcoming common barriers and making decisions involving time capture, resource assignments, and competing priorities
  • Recommendations on ownership of the organization’s resource management and capacity planning functions
  • How not to manage like Custer…and other resource strategy lessons from the military

The book may be purchased at Buy “The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook: A Guide to Maximizing the Value of Your Limited People Resources” on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets.

About Jerry Manas

Jerry Manas is a bestselling business author and recognized thought leader in organizational project and resource management. He is frequently cited by leading voices in the world of business. Legendary management guru Tom Peters (“In Search of Excellence”) often references Manas’ bestselling book Napoleon on Project Management for its insights on simplicity and character. Jerry’s work has been highlighted in a variety of publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, National Post, Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, and others. He is also senior editor for market leading portfolio management and project collaboration firm Planview, where he applies his passion to evangelizing best practices in the areas of leadership, planning, execution, and value delivery. In addition, he is a founding member of the Project Management Institute’s New Media Council, created to boost PMI’s presence and awareness with regard to new media. Jerry’s latest book is The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook (McGraw-Hill). Follow him on Twitter @jerrymanas (Jerry Manas on Twitter).

About Planview

Planview enables organizations to get the most out of their resources and achieve their goals. We are the global leader in solutions that optimize resources and work, spanning strategic planning, portfolio and resource management, project collaboration, and enterprise architecture. From small teams to large enterprises, companies in every industry use Planview’s products: Planview Enterprise, Projectplace and Troux. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, our 600 employees worldwide serve more than 1,000 enterprise customers and one million users. For more information, visit