PROJ586 Course Discussions Week 3

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PROJ586 Course Discussions Week 3
Managing resources can be an interesting, and sometimes difficult, job. How have you…

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PROJ586 Course Discussions Week 3

PROJ586 Course Discussions Week 3

All Students Posts – 50 Pages

Managing resources can be an interesting, and sometimes difficult, job. How have you managed resources on any of your projects? What do you find as the most difficult part? How have you learned to overcome these issues? If you haven’t managed a project before, have you ever been a resource on a project? If so, what are some of the techniques your manager(s) use to balance their resources? What seems to be the most effective for you?

As a project manager, you might find yourself competing for resources among other PMs within the same program.  How might you, as a PM, ensure you have adequate resources when you need them in this type of environment?

Often, as a project manager, you will find yourself in need to build your case for the resources needed.  It ultimately comes down to making decisions which best support the organization’s strategic goals.  If you and another PM need resources, you will first need to look at your schedule and critical path.  It could be that the competing tasks which need resources might be able to be rescheduled.  For example, if the activity is on your critical path but NOT on the other PM’s, the other PM may be able to push that activity back until you’re finish with those resources.

On the other hand, if both are on the critical path and need them now, the Program or Portfolio Manager will need to evaluate which project is most important and, perhaps, request an extension for the due date on the other project based on when the work will be completed if they don’t get the resources needed until later…