November 6, 2008

    How any times have we heard the saying "Let's not reinvent the wheel"? That statement can certainly apply to capacity planners. The trouble is that until recently, capacity planning was not a widely-adopted IT discipline so there were fewer places to share information. Now we have a large number of newer people struggling to do the right things for their company and information sources are not easily found.

    I can remember the first capacity planning work I did and quite frankly, I struggled. At that time there were few publications available and they were usually heavy into mathematical theory and short on practical knowledge.

    Over the years it took a lot of work plus countless hours at conferences listening at sessions and swapping war stories at social gatherings to find the best, most efficient ways of doing our work. When I heard ideas to do things better, I took them back and adopted them. Some worked well in my organization, others did not, but over the long haul the ones that worked made me successful.

    We capacity planners need to keep up with the challenges resulting from faster moving business. I think Bill Gates said it best with the title of his book "Business at the Speed of Light." Caught up in these fast-moving times, we often don't take the time to look around for better ways of doing things or swap ideas with peers. We keep focused and do the work the best we can with our experience and tools at hand. 

    We at TeamQuest have strived to help by posting capacity planning and performance tuning information on our website. Although there are a wide variety of articles available, some have indicated their schedules make it difficult to spend the time needed to understand the in-depth articles. With busy schedules in mind, I have recorded a short White-board Series vidcast (no longer available) that covers some of the better capacity planning habits I've learned from experience and from those more learned than me.

    If you have other ideas for future, helpful clips, please email me at

    Category: best-practices