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Project staffing is on the critical path – and a critical task – towards ensuring the success of a project. Define the task, define the effort, obtain the resources.

In the best of circumstances, the Project Manager has the opportunity to staff the project. But very often, the PM is assigned resources, or inherits the project and the project team.  There is not always a match between the skillset required for a task, and the resources provided to the Project Manager. “Well, they were available!” Warning: availability is not a skill set.

In the best case, it is the powers that be that are hopefully reading this post and taking heed that – availability is not a skill set.

For Project Managers burdened with an ‘available’ resource, some tips on managing the situation:

  • examine the skillset of said resource and consider re-assignment to a different task.
  • identify the gap and attempt to obtain training for the individual to mitigate this risk
  • leveraging the first point, examine resource swapping with another project – one should not be where one does not belong. The resource may even thank you.

So there are three suggestions for managing ‘available’ resources – do you have any thoughts to share?

2 Responses to “Warning: Availability is not a skill set”

  1. Elvira Suess says:

    With havin so significantly written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement? My web site has plenty of exclusive content material I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it looks like plenty of it is popping it up all more than the internet without my permission. Do you know any techniques to assist avoid content from being ripped off? I’d truly appreciate it.

  2. Joe Caruso says:

    I put this question to my web admin a while ago, and basically, the response was, if it’s on the web, its available. I’ve also seen material appear, for example, on a website housing articles by ‘experts’, that was pilfered from a company website. Thought – if you require people to log in before viewing your content, it at least prevents automated scavenger programs from lifting content from your website. But once they login, it’s available to anybody.

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