Chapter Assigning Resources

When you have a WBS list of customized activities that match the life cycle you have chosen for a project, you are ready to assign resources to them. This should be easy, right? The database people get the database assignments, and the testers get the testing assignments. Not so fast. There are several dimensions to the resource assignment problem that a software development project manager should know about and consider when parceling out the work. All programmers are not created equal. Jealousy and bickering can erupt over choice assignments, creating more work for the project manager to manage conflict within the team. Career paths intersect and fork. And workloads get unbalanced, leading to project schedule and morale problems.

To address these issues, we will look at the project manager's role in staffing a project and making resource choices. These are part of human resource management. We'll learn about a concept and tool that can help people match themselves to assignments. We'll see how a simple spreadsheet tool can make project roles clear and also provide tracking for deliverables. These are essential skills and competencies for the software project manager today. It's not all about transactions. It's about relationship management, too.

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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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