Justifying New Hires
Rapidly growing businesses have 2 competing problems: As business increases, if additional staff are not hired, the company will be unable to deliver on its promises. On the other hand, if too many staff members are hired, then the business may become unprofitable.
This was exactly the problem faced by the Projects Division at SCP Communications, Inc. during 1999. Sales for the division had doubled in the course of a year. Some of the division's most knowledgeable staff members had left because their workload had increased dramatically. Yet upper management was reluctant to hire new staff members, fearing cost over-runs.
Upon hearing of this problem, Jay Harper devised a deliverables database application that could show upper management precisely how many and what type of new hires were justified. Every task in the division was analyzed and put into a database. Time estimates were assigned to every task based on different circumstances. Examples of each type of project were entered, detailing how much of each type of task were needed for the project.
All of this led to the ability to predict with reasonable accuracy the precise staffing needs for any situation, actual sales for the next quarter, forcasts for the coming year, or budgeting for proposals.
Slicksurface is well-equipped to implement a similar solution for any business engaged in large-scale projects.