How Many Resources Do You Need

Although you know the tasks that need to be done and the kinds of resources you need to be able to do them, you might not know how many of a particular type of resource you need just yet.

Here's the process: First, you identify the tasks that need to be done. Second, you identify the resources needed to do those tasks. Third, you assign resources to the tasks. At that point, you can see whether the resulting schedule meets your target date or target budget.

You need to have tasks in place to find out how many resources you need. You also need resources to assign to those tasks to create an accurate schedule and cost estimate. After assigning resources, if the schedule calculates a finish date later than the target finish date, you might have to go back and add more resources to your team. Or if the project costs are over budget and you haven't even started work yet, you might have to forgo additional resources or scramble to replace expensive resources with less expensive ones.

As you can see, tuning your project plan to get the right number of resources to meet your schedule, costs, and workload requirements is an iterative process. You might need to go through several cycles of refinement before you arrive at the perfect plan.

For more information about refining the project plan to meet a target date or budget, see Chapter 9, "Checking and Adjusting the Project Plan."

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Project Management Made Easy

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