Capacity planning refers to managing your staff efficiently and setting up an ideal team structure.
Have you ever used a Capacity Planner before to work out what capacity you need or the number of staff you need in your firm? In my experience, developing and working to capacity planning is not something that is done enough in practice.
I will never allow any of the firms I am working with to hire anyone until I have completed a Capacity Planner. Because it is not a case of just hiring more “bodies to throw at the problem.” This never works.
It is about getting the right MIX of skills and by working in a team with complementary skills, will you get leverage and scale. Namely, 1 plus 1 gives 5.
If you do not get the right mix of skills in your team working together in a complementary fashion, it becomes extremely clunky and inefficient, and you will lose lots of productivity.
The Capacity Planner will determine whether you are under or over capacity. You should run at 15% overcapacity
But if you do not complete the Capacity Planner, most of what you will do will remain as guesswork. You should be more scientific than just guessing.
This is what we call building an Ideal Team structure (Narrow & Deep) with the right mix of people. We have extensively talked about the process of building an ideal team structure in our Wize program. Feel free to respond to this email if you want to learn more about it
I hope this helps.
If you’d like to receive a Friday tip from me every week to your inbox along with $10,000 worth of bonus growth tools, sign up to my FREE Friday Tip email newsletter at https://www.wizementoring.com/wizetip/