This McLaughlin & McLaughlin’s Project Professionals post is the fourth in a series of discussions regarding current challenges with the staffing aspects of your project management team. The focus is on the managerial aspects of human resource planning and acquisition. This post (like Part 3, our last post) addresses 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. Markets that are very active/hot [oil and gas, mining, natural resources, etc.] present unique challenges. Skill-sets that are in high demand [project controls, planning, scheduling, technical, etc.] present further unique challenges. The project Human Resource Plan must address these unique challenges. Further, the project plan and schedule must allow the time to complete the acquisition process as well as the requisite training/indoctrination. Finally, the project budget must realistically provide for the cost of these resources (often expensive non-employee persons) as well as the acquisition costs (e.g. recruiters). If this planning is not in place, do not launch into project execution.
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. As they say, there is no “I” in team. [Read more…]