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Program Resources Management: Assessment, estimating and allocating resources

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Program Resources Management: Assessment, estimating and allocating resources

The following article is part of the self-preparation for the modern BVOP® Certified Project Manager program.

Resources may relate to finance, environment, safety needs, professional human skills, materials, information technology, tools, databases, and other physical or nonphysical assets needed for the realization of the program.

  1. Cross‐functionality of the teams
  2. Program and projects continuous assessment
  3. Resources supply 

The Business Value-Oriented Program Management (BVOPGM) office estimates and allocates resources during the entire program realization, which may lead to involvement in:

  • Planning, estimating and requesting financial resources
  • Planning, estimating and requesting physical or nonphysical resources
  • Planning and requesting new personnel recruitment
  • Planning and requesting training
  • Withdrawing resources from a project or entire program
  • Allocating resources across projects

Program, project, and product management roles collaborate for proper resources planning, as well as estimate and eliminate waste.

Cross‐functionality of the teams

The BVOP focuses on the general cross-functionality of the teams working on a single project. Cross-functional project teams are a major factor for the successful project realization. Such teams usually include people with different expertise and work together for accomplishing common objectives.

If a project consists of a team with the entire needed skill sets, the general productivity may be higher than the ones often relying on external support.

Team members of the cross-functional teams need to share information, collaborate, work together, and support each other.

Program and projects continuous assessment

Periodically all projects and the whole program need to be evaluated. If the entire program or its projects require significant resources and time to complete, market, user, and business needs may change as the projects are completed.

Once any changes have been identified, projects and the entire program need to adapt.

Resources supply 

Projects may need an additional supply of resources over time. If initiatives are assessed as successful and teams or tools need additional resources, the BVOPGM office usually plans and requests more specialists joining the teams, as well as financial resources, technologies, tools, or software.

The following issues related to chapter "Program resources management" are included in the certification exam. The sequence of questions is presented in the table.
The data is current as of July 10, 2020, 6:13 am

ID Issue Time Category
0 Resources supply  60 sec PGM, PM
1 Cross‐functionality of the teams 60 sec PGM, PM
2 Program and projects continuous assessment 60 sec PGM, PM

Comments from the BVOP™ community

Alcina Constantinides

All projects need resources. However, the organization needs to know how much resources should be provided for the development of all projects. This, of course, must be in line with the priority of the projects, the estimated profits, and benefits for the users.

Resource management, in my view, is the most difficult task for program management, because many teams from different departments are involved in this step, and different stakeholders require this information.

Usually, time and money planning are done not only to predict these rates. Many people are unaware that this information serves for possible loans, salary calculations, marketing initiatives, maintenance of equipment and environment.

You see in the guidebook how many kinds of resources are included in the resource management. Every forecast is required by business people, investors, banks, partners, and at the same time, the organization must maintain a sustainable business model and happy staff. Program management has a very important role in all these perspectives.

Comments of our guests
  1. Aniyah Vang
    Hello. I have a question. I hope I do not bother you. How does the project manager answer for resources? It is usually not a person who has resources (teams, people, money or tools). From my modest experience, I think it's impossible. Please share some details. Thanks in advance.
  2. Sandra Smart
    Hello Vang, The project manager crates a plan for the needed resources and presents this plan to the project stakeholders, Project sponsor and other roles. This is how the project manager asks or requests resources. If it's not approved or supplied this is not something that the project manager should worry about. The actual responsibility is at the high management side.
  3. Anna Haruto
    As BVOP teaching has recently inspired me to think more deeply about all management and business topics, I have more contemporary and more modern perspectives now. I want to add my supplement on the topic of resource management. The idea of waste elimination is mentioned above. A new point and activity can be added to resource planning regarding the creation of a Waste Elimination Plan as part of overall resource management for the entire program.
  4. BVOP™
    Dear Anna,
    Thanks for your comment. Your idea for Waste Elimination Plan sounds good and we're glad you shared it. We hope our readers will notice it and consider your thoughts, even though your concept is only briefly mentioned.
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