A common thing that happens in every company is that teams request extra headcount. But before I even start reviewing or challenging their business case, I’ll ask a simple question — “How do you intend to fill that headcount?”.
Why does it appear that these large organisations have recruiting teams that are always stretched?
In the pipeline of hiring, funnily, the bottleneck is right at the beginning of the pipeline. If a leader implements this funny setup in a supply chain organisation, there is no way she will even complete the probationary period.
Another example, engineering teams are not planned for 100% of their bandwidth. We dedicate a portion of their time for things that cannot be planned such as daily issues dealt by oncall, etc.