Project Management

5 Tactics to Manage Resource Issues (Even Through a Global Event)

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

Your small but important project is chugging along when—Bam!—out of nowhere a global event interferes with your workflow. What do you do? It’s easy to become overwhelmed by such a disruption to your project, and to think about what to do to be the good leader that the situation requires.

One area you can get control of quickly is the management of resources that make up the teams in your project. You know your team players, and you should have a resource management spreadsheet of some kind. Starting with this tool, you can make a few enhancements to take the lead in your project. Your leadership objective in this case is to use new information and metrics to better communicate the impact of the global event on your project to your project sponsor and stakeholders.

Here are tactics you can use:

1. Communicate resource risks and issues appropriate to the unusual circumstances. Your sponsor is going to have questions about the impact of the global event on your project. These impacts are going to be unique, not like the typical impacts that the sponsor is comfortable understanding and reacting to.

Make sure that you have the information to clearly indicate the cause and level of impact. Chances are that your resource management spreadsheet is not ready to do this type of communication without some enhancements.

2. Enhance your resource management …

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