How to do Resource Identification For Project Management

Here is how you can do resource identification for projects…..


In my previous articles, I have looked at some of the procedures that you need to take in order to identify resources for your project. In this article, I want to continue with that discussion. Follow me as we do this together.


#1 Alternatives
There is a need for you to come up with alternatives for a resource that might not be available for your project. You need to know how to cover up in this type of scenario. Most at times, a resource that is needed for your project might be unavoidably absent. You cannot allow this kind of delay to put your project on hold.

Also, your organisation might be divided into different areas. This might create a situation where you need to bring in a new resource or rely on third parties to do most of the job for you.
How to do Resource Identification For Project Management

You may also be lucky to have many alternatives as far as a resource for your project is concerned. This creates a scenario where you can bring in another set of people if one resource failed.

It may also be that there has been disagreement over resource requirement in the past. In this kind of scenario, your organisation is not able to reach a consensus on whether to use internal or external resource for the project. This might also create a form of resource constraint.


#2 Analyse scope statement
There is a need for you to analyse your scope statement in order to know those tasks that should be or not be part of your project. When scope statements are not properly analysed, it is very possible to leave out some tasks, hoping that you have already made provision for the resource that will handle such tasks.


#3 Organisational policies
There is a need for you to consider organisational policies that will affect resource acquisition and usage in your organisation. Some organisation might decide that they will never bring in external contractors to execute the project in the organisation.

In order to identify these organisational policies, you need to ask some fundamental questions. Can you use contract labour to take advantage of lower hourly rates for certain type of work? Does the organisation prefer to rent equipment for projects than to purchase the equipment? If you rent, it might not be available always compared to buying which also comes at a price.

Also, you need to know if supplies must be selected from only those that have registered with the organisation.
You need to ask if there are any resource usage that requires authorisation from upper management before they can be assigned to your project.

#4 Bottom-up estimating
There is a need for you to use bottom-up estimating when more details are available about the work packages. You need more accurate estimates, and you have the time to invest in making the estimates as well.

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