9. Project Human Resource Management

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9.1 Plan Human Resource Management

The Plan Human Resource Management process creates documents which convey the project roles, responsibilities, required skills, reporting relationships all to create a staff management plan.  The outcome shows staffing hierarchy and organizational charts.  It also establishes timetables for attaining and releasing staffing as required by the project.   The Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs for this process can be found in figure 19 below.

Figure 19. 9.1 Plan Human Resorce Management: Inputs, Tools & Techniques, and Outputs. Reprinted from "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), 5th Edition" by Project Management Institute, 2013, p.258. Copyright 2013 by Project Management Institute, Inc. Reprinted without permission.

Process Definition

The process of planning human resource management documents what human resources and skill are needed, and when, during all phases of the project.  It establishes organizational relationships and responsibilities and staff management.  Team building and recognition and rewards  programs are identified; and personnel compliance with safety standards and other requirements are also documented 

Process Assessment

 A human resource management plan becomes the foundation for human resource interaction throughout the project. It should forecast availability of scarce or competing resources and provide a roadmap for acquiring those required skill sets inside or outside of the organization.  For this purpose costs, schedule and quality all might be affected by the human resource management plan.



Using the project plan as part to develop the human resource plan has always been a complicated issue for me.  Sure many of the components of the Project Plan are used to identify human resource requirements, schedules, cost and communication etc.  But part of the Project plan is the human resource plan.  Thus, the difficulty in the planning stages is that many of these processes are being accomplished simultaneously. You will find these components in the Project Management Plan PMGT501 attached below. see 9.1.1

Tools & Techniques

An organizational chart with defined positions descriptions is a key part of developing the Human resource plan.  This chart is developed over a short time initially and updates as need.  This chart often gets added to the overall resource plan such is the case here.  The Organizational Chart and Position Descriptions listed below did make it into our Human Resource Plan. see 9.1.2


The product of the Plan Human Resource process is the human resource plan they are developed with the project needs in mind.  This can become part of the Organizational Process Assets for organizations that work projects on a regular bases.  See the Human Resource plan we developed as part of our PMGT611 team for a major IT upgrade at a University. 9.1.3

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