What is Blended Resourcing?

Blended resourcing is our pricing model designed to reduce your costs while responding quickly with senior consulting staff. To illustrate the benefits of blended resourcing, consider the typical phases of a SDLC project:

  1. PMT – Business Case and Initial Project Management
  2. BRQ – Business Requirements Gathering
  3. ANL – Business and Systems Analysis
  4. DES – High Level Detail Design
  5. BLD – Vendor Technical Designs and Build
  6. TST – Vendor Unit/Functional/Systems Tests
  7. UAT – Integration/Regression and User Acceptance Tests
  8. REL – Production Release, Sanity Checks and Go Live Management
  9. SPT – Support and BAU Management

We have found the following supply/demand metrics to be at play in each phase of the project:

This pattern of demand for each type of consultant tends to create bottlenecks in a typical consulting project, which we have demonstrated below:

Our solution to this disconnect between supply and demand is what we like to call blended resourcing:

We have summarized the benefits of blended resourcing:

  • Reduces the gap between supply and demand, scalable model up to 150% FTE and down to 33% FTE
  • Impact reduction in event of resource loss e.g. sickness, annual leave, termination etc.
  • Increases spread of knowledge amongst staff i.e. reducing up-skill times
  • Reduces mistakes due to out-of-domain problems
    - e.g. communications issue rather than technical issue
    - e.g. political issue rather than business requirements gap
  • Enables multi-skilled staff to perform more than one role across different projects, i.e. reducing staff “on the bench,” and in turn reducing loss of quality senior staff
  • Reduces risk of having consulting staff “on the bench,” thus reducing overheads
    - Having staff “on the bench” is no longer supportable in today’s financial world even for larger consulting firms
  • Avoids resource burn-out during periods of high intensity
  • Reduction in risk of work loss very attractive to contract senior staff, thus assisting staff retention.