Manage resources

The purpose of this competency is to achieve the goals of resource management, i.e. to:

  • determine the best way to resource the work;
  • acquire and mobilise the necessary resources;
  • manage resources throughout the life cycle;
  • demobilise resources at the end of the life cycle;
  • finalise all contractual arrangements.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. plan and initiate resource management
  2. identify the best resourcing method for delivering the scope of work
  3. negotiate the provision of internal resources
  4. select and appoint external suppliers
  5. mobilise resources throughout the life cycle
  6. administer and control resources
  7. maintain resource management documentation
  8. assure the quality of resource management

This competency summarises several others and should be adjusted according to the set of resource related competencies used.

The nature of these performance criteria can vary considerably according to the context of the work. When applied to small internal projects, the references to external resources may be omitted.

On more complex projects and programmes (and almost certainly on all portfolios) it is likely that this competency will be supplemented or replaced by more detailed competencies for procurement, contract management and mobilisation.

Knowledge criteria will be adapted to match the performance criteria but not necessarily on a one to one basis. For example, where suppliers may be selected and appointed at programme level, it may be necessary for a project manager using those suppliers to be familiar with contract law.

Knowledge and understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the principles and goals of resource management
  2. responsibilities for resource management
  3. the context of the work and its impact on resource management
  4. a procedure for managing resources
  5. the purpose and content of resource management documentation
  6. the principles of procurement
  7. the principles of contract management
  8. the principles of mobilisation
  9. how assurance applies to resource management



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