Are your projects producing anything?

At the time of writing this, Britain is in the middle of an 11 day holiday.

This got me thinking. I regularly see project managers who struggle to resource their projects effectively. They cannot get the right people on board at the right time. People are away on training courses, in meetings or simply away.

Now we have this 11 days I wonder how many project managers have accounted for this possible 11 day holiday in their resourcing schedule.

Resourcing of projects is a big issue

Several project managers were surprised when I mentioned on a project management course about 6 weeks ago that this 11 days could have an adverse impact on their projects. I linked this to resourcing of projects.

During courses I often ask participants; “how many days do you work in a year?” I get answers ranging from 300 down to 180 days! (The answer is usually between 220 and 230 days).Generally, project managers struggle answering this question. This leads into a general discussion on resourcing which does not seem to be as high on their agenda as it should be.

So what’s the question(s)?

As a project manager:

  • What do you do to ensure you have the right resources in the right place at the right time?
  • How do you do to analyse the skills of those on your project team OR the skills you need for your projects?
  • What do you do to develop the skills needed?
  • Where do you go once you have a real resource issue – is it clear?

Key questions for any project and project manager.

Enjoy your holiday!

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