Project Resource Management

Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course describes the importance of resource management, how to estimate required resources, how to acquire, develop, and manage team members, and how to monitor resource utilization.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 19, 2018
Duration
3h 51m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Planning Resource Management
Estimating Activity Resources
Acquiring Project Resources
Developing Project Teams
Managing Project Teams
Controlling Project Resources
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 19, 2018
Duration
3h 51m
Description

Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Resource Management is the eighth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Resource Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn how to plan for resource management. Next, you'll learn how to estimate the resources required to complete project activities. Finally, you'll learn how to acquire, develop, and manage team members, and monitor and control resource utilization throughout the project lifecycle. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to manage your project's resources, develop and empower human resources, and ensure the right people, material, and funding are in place to meet project goals.

About the author
About the author

Casey has experience leading projects in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education, and event management. He's constantly in pursuit of new challenges and loves to share what he learns along the way with others.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone! My name is Casey Ayers, and welcome to my course, Project Resource Management. This course is the 9th entry in our newly updated series helping you prepare for the latest version of the PMP exam based on the 6th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. By completing this course and others in our PMP prep series, you'll not only be better prepared to ace the certificate exam, but critically, will also completely fulfil the mandatory training requirement that must be met before taking the exam. The PMP, or Project Management Professional, certificate is consistently listed as one of the top five most valuable certificates for IT professionals and is also broadly applicable to a wide range of industries. Given how much new value can be created from successful projects, businesses in all sectors and of all sizes need capable project managers today. A PMP builds the skills needed to succeed and opens new doors for those with the certification. Some of the major topics we'll cover in this course include estimating the resources you'll need for project activities, how to acquire, develop, and manage members of your team, and how to effectively monitor and control your team's resource needs and usage. By the end of this course, you'll be better equipped to build and manage project teams and to also manage the physical, infrastructural, and facility resources your team will need to accomplish project goals. This course and others in this series can not only help you learn more about project management and prepare for the PMP exam but also serve as a great refresher for established project managers and as an opportunity to earn continuing education credit. I hope you'll join me on this journey to prepare for the PMP exam and learn about project resource management here at Pluralsight.

Estimating Activity Resources
Welcome back! In this module, we'll be looking at the estimating activity resources process. First, we'll introduce the process. Then we'll look at resource calendars, how to develop them, and what their role is in schedule planning. We'll look at bottom-up estimating. And then, finally, we'll explore some of the process components as found in the PMBOK guide. Let's get started.

Acquiring Project Resources
Welcome back! In this module, we're going to begin to put our project resource management plans into action, and that means beginning to acquire the resources we need in order to accomplish our project's objectives. First, we'll begin by looking at how that acquisition process might unfold both for human resources, as well as for those other types of resources we need in order to complete our project activities. Then we'll look at how we gather these resources together, especially when it comes to the human components, as well as how we select our team members. Finally, we'll look at the process components of acquire resources and those inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs that you can expect to find on the PMP exam. Let's get started.

Developing Project Teams
Welcome back! In this module, we're going to discuss developing project teams. First, we'll focus on the importance of team development and why it's so critical to project success. Then we'll look at some techniques for building project teams and creating successful teams. Finally, we'll look at the develop team process as found in the PMBOK guide and examine its inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs. Let's get started.

Managing Project Teams
The PMBOK guide defines manage teams as the process of tracking team member performance, providing feedback, resolving issues, and managing team changes in order to optimize project performance. Manage team includes all of the HR-related activities a project manager must undertake while project work is underway. This includes providing guidance and leadership to team members, resolving conflicts that might arise during challenges on a project, resolving any issues that might occur both within the team and when the team is interfacing with other external stakeholders. Performance appraisals are found here as well providing valuable feedback to team members on how they can improve and even better meet the objectives of the project. In this module, we're going to focus on a few of these key tasks. We'll look at little more into interpersonal skills and project management and how important they can be during the management phase. Then we'll look at conflict management and the project manager's role in resolving any conflicts that arise. Then we'll look at the manage team process's components, the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs that are found in the PMBOK guide. Let's get started.

Controlling Project Resources
According to the PMBOK guide, control project resources is defined as the process of ensuring that the physical resources assigned and allocated to the project are available as planned, as well as monitoring the planned versus actual utilization of resources and taking corrective action as necessary. This process is in the monitoring and controlling process area as you might expect. And using this process we seek to ensure that resources are both allocated and released at the right time, at the right place, and in the correct amount. Our goal here is to have exactly what we need and not too much more than we need, perhaps a small reserve, but certainly not larger overruns, and to have those materials available to our project team exactly when they are needed. If we deviate from that sort of just-in-time mentality in any fashion that goes against the sort of organizational policies and procedures that may be in place, then we've found an opportunity for control of project resources to be more effective. In this module, we'll look at the goals of effective resource control in a bit more detail and then discuss the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs of this process as found in the PMBOK guide.