06 Jul Putting Together Your Project Management Dream Team
The team behind the project is every bit as important as the project itself. Without the right people onboard, the project won’t get very far. Planning for the project begins long before project kick-off and putting the right team together is vital.
Who is reviewing the team and determining project assignments? Do you have a solid work management plan? What are current/project resource allocations?
Getting your dream team together is no easy task. You need to spend a lot of the time before the project even starts reviewing the team to evaluate who should stay and who should leave. Those aren’t easy decisions. Don’t make an already hard job harder. Put a staffing plan in place to make your project a success. It’s a small activity that pays enormous dividends in the long run.
The Staffing Plan
A staffing plan outlines the criteria, requirements, and process to which each resource is evaluated and how they will be managed throughout the project’s lifecycle. A clear understanding of the team structure will help address issues that can pop-up later during the project. How many resources will you need? Are they existing resources, new hires, or contractors? How will everyone be on-boarded onto the project?
Once you have a clear understanding of how your team will be structured, you need to evaluate the specific project needs and align your plan.
Compare the list of tasks with the project schedule to evaluate the project requirements. Go through each task and assess which tasks can be expedited by the additional support. Remember – sometimes, there can be too many cooks in the kitchen. Break the project up into large phases and determine the resource count for each phase. Add additional time for project kick-off and close out to give yourself additional support and flexibility.
If you’ve ever started a project, you know it can be a bit like draft day. You don’t always get your first choice. Most of the time, your target resources might be constrained by availability, but you still need to ensure your team has the correct skill set and experience. If resources aren’t available, see whether a staffing vendor has a candidate that is available for the project duration. They might even have a candidate on their bench ready to start the next business day.
The Staffing Plan Redefined
After embarking on your staffing plan journey, you might be overwhelmed, have misaligned resources, or need additional resources to complete your project. The key to making every project a success lies with the people behind it. Ensure your project is staffed with the right people at the right time. No matter where you are in your planning process, we can help provide you with the resource or team needed to get your project to completion ahead of deadline and under budget.
Do you have a project or team that needs skilled Project Management resources? Contact us today to learn about how we can help you with the resources to plan and execute.