Resources are an important aspect of everyday life. Resources are what you have available to complete a task and get an output. In a project management perspective, resources can be anything from time, money, people, facilities and equipment. Proper resource management is important in this matter, as it must ensure that people are not overloaded with work, and that time is effectively utilized, as well as the final budget must be within or under budget. Often in resource planning, the challenge is to find a baseline and complete the projects on time and to budget. Statistics however shows that one in every three project have no baseline and less than one-third of projects are completed on time and on budget. These are just a few examples of how difficult resource management planning can be. Resource management planning could for instance help project managers and project team to solve and answer questions like:
- Do we have enough space on our budget for new equipment and experts handling this products? What if not?
- Is there anyone who is overloaded with work and is there anyone who has not sufficient amount of work?
- Is there any worker available to work in the Christmas holidays?
- How will adding another project affect the existing projects?
- Is the project on time?
To make sure the right resources are available for the project managers and project team at the right time there has been developed Project Resource Management processes/tools, to identify, acquire and manage the resources for a successful completed project. This article will focus on the following processes:
- Plan Resource Management
- Estimating Activity Resources
- Aquire Resources
- Develop Team
- Manage Team
- Control Resources
Plan Resource Management
Estimating Activity Resources
- ↑ [The State of Project Management, Annual Survey 2016, APM PMO specific group, page 7'] http://www.wellingtone.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/The-State-of-Project-Management-Survey-2016.pdf
- ↑ [CHAOS MANIFESTO 2013, Think big, Act small, page 1'] https://www.versionone.com/assets/img/files/CHAOSManifesto2013.pdf'
- ↑ [Project Management Institute, (January 01, 2013), A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Vol. 5, ISBN-13 978-1-935589-67-9, chapter 9']