Working with a Skills Roster

The first requirement for selecting appropriate people for your project is knowing the skills and knowledge of potential candidates. A Skills Roster, illustrated in Figure 6-1, is a convenient format to display the skills and knowledge of people who may work on your project.

Figure 6-1:

Displaying people's skills, knowledge, and interests in a Skills Roster.

Bill

Mary

Sue

Ed

Technical writing

A

A

Legal research

A

A

•

Graphic design

A

o

A

Questionnaire design

o

A

- Primary skill or knowledge Q - Secondary skill or knowledge

Interest

- Primary skill or knowledge Q - Secondary skill or knowledge

Interest

The left-hand column identifies skill and knowledge areas and the top row lists people's names. At the intersection of the rows and columns, you identify the level of each person's particular skills, knowledge, and interests.

You can use the following symbols to represent people's skill, knowledge, and interest levels:

1 Primary capability: Person is able to assume a lead role in an assignment requiring this skill or knowledge.

1 Secondary capability: Person has some training or experience in the skill or knowledge area but should work under another's guidance.

1 Interest: Person would like to work on assignments involving this skill or knowledge.

The Skills Roster in Figure 6-1 shows that Sue is qualified to lead technical writing assignments and that she wants to work on this type of assignment. Ed is qualified to lead legal research tasks, but he'd prefer not to work on them. He prefers working on questionnaire design activities, but he has no skills or knowledge in this area.

By the way, you may figure that you'll never assign Ed to work on a questionnaire design activity because he has no relevant skills or knowledge. However, if you're trying to find more people who can develop questionnaires, Ed is a prime candidate. Because he wants to work on these types of assignments, he most likely is willing to put in extra effort to acquire the necessary capabilities.

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