This blog is to discuss resources that are available during a project and what you can do to make the best use of them.
Guiding Questions and Elaborations
Resources are what give you the ability to complete a project. You have to find out what and who is available to you as a resource. The team on the project is the primary resource. The stakeholders or project owner is your guiding resource.
Question 1: Do you have the right people on your team?
- It is pretty clear that a programmer will be needed for any programming tasks. What about the right programmer. If a programmer has only one knowledge set about how to design a solution, having an additional programmer would help bring ideas that are outside of the box.
- An architect is someone that would be ideal in designing the solution and giving ideas on what kinds of technology can be used to accomplish the goals.
- A dedicated person for testing the project will be necessary to bring the user into play. A programmer testing their own code may only take a happy path, the one that they know will work.
Question 2: Do you and your team have the expertise to complete the project?
- Your team members should have a good grasp of the project.
- A solid team is one that is diverse in skill sets. A team with a mentality of “it is done this way” will never break the mold of an innovative or more efficient solution. The ideas could even bring features that would not have been available otherwise.
Question 3: What outside resources are going to be available during the project?
Make sure you know any additional people that can be pulled in if you are not on track.
Always have a plan to use 100% of your resources, but remember people get sick or need a little R&R once in awhile.
The post you just read is an extension of the Project Management Basics.
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