This post is the third in McLaughlin & McLaughlin’s Project Professionals series of discussions regarding current challenges being encountered in today’s efforts/environment associated with the human resource aspects of your project management team. More specifically, we have titled the series STAFFING YOUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM, and we intend to focus heavily on the managerial aspects of human resource planning and acquisition. This post focuses on acquiring the human resources (people) or staffing. While the planning may be the most important activity or action in the process, the challenge ultimately is obtaining the people to implement your intended execution strategy. There are many acquisition strategies. These acquisition strategies differ for various market conditions, organizational situations, project needs and other project variables.
Please Remember –Teams of people [not machines and not software] build projects. Consequently, if you cannot acquire the requisite staffing, you are not prepared to execute the project [at least as planned].
Please Remember –This is a team, not a group of individuals. Have you noticed that so many sports teams with superstars rarely win championships? Further, have you noticed that championship teams have few, if any, superstars? It is the project team, not the individual that must be staffed and developed.
In order to present this topic in a logical manner and with an industry-recognized lexicon, we are using the PMI Project Management Processes for a Project as presented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
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