Identifying Alternatives

As the project management team determines what resources are needed, there will be plenty of opportunities to determine which solution is the best solution for the project. Whenever more than one solution is presented, this is called alternative identification. Alternative identification comes in many different flavors:

• Resources: employees or consultants, junior or senior engineers

• Tools and equipment: power tools or handheld tools, newer versus older machinery

• Types of materials: oak versus plywood

• Make or buy decisions: build our own software or buy a solution from a vendor

EXAM TIP Alternative identification is used throughout the PMBOK, so you'll likely see this term on the PMP exam. Whenever you have two feasible choices for a component in your project, you're working with alternative identification.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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