Estimating Activity Resources

All projects, from the smallest to the largest, require resources. The term resources, in this case, does not mean just people; it means all the physical resources required to complete the project. The PMBOK® Guide defines resources as people, equipment, and materials. In reality, this includes people, equipment, supplies, materials, software, hardware—the list goes on depending on the project on which you're working. Estimate Activity Resources is concerned with determining the types of resources needed (both human and materials) and in what quantities for each schedule activity within a work package.

Remember, the activity resource requirements output from the Estimate Activity Resources process is an input to the Develop Human Resource Plan process.

The PMBOK® Guide notes that Estimate Activity Resources should be closely coordinated with the Estimate Costs process (I'll talk about Estimate Costs in Chapter 5, "Developing the Project Budget"). That's because resources—whether people or material or both—are typically the largest expense you'll have on any project. Identifying the resources becomes a critical component of the project planning process so estimates—and ultimately the project budget— can be accurately derived. You'll look at the inputs and tools and techniques that will help you document these requirements next.

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