1.4 Resourcing the project
Work will be delayed if the necessary materials and equipment are not readily available, or if the accommodation for the project has not been arranged. Although the project manager is responsible for overall resource allocation and utilisation, much of the work can be delegated. By conferring responsibility to achieve an outcome within the budget, more direct links between costs and outcomes are established. In most projects there will be organisational internal controls and statutory requirements to manage resources, for example in handling money or other materials. In setting up the project responsibilities it may be necessary to identify people with particular qualifications or experience to manage specialist areas of work. Even when all the necessary physical resourcing has been agreed and planned with a sufficient budget to enable it all to happen, it will often fall to a project manager to take care of practical details and to encourage everyone to take action.
Identify five steps a project manager can take to ensure that the tasks of a project start on time.
These steps could include: recruit staff, allocate roles and responsibilities, motivate, reward, set objectives, provide training and support, arrange supervision, agree start times, ensure that accommodation is prepared, ensure that materials and equipment are provided, ensure that the plan is shared and understood, delegate responsibility for achieving outcomes.