Resource Managers: The Key to Your Success

Joan Knutson

PM Network 13 (March 1997)

The functional manager who owns the resources that you need assigned to your projects is known as the resource manager. These resource managers assure that the right people with the right talents are available and assigned to the right projects at the right time. Obviously, resource managers are very important in our world.

Yet, you say, you have no control over resource managers; that they often report to a different manager than you. True, but that does not lessen the reality of your dependence on them or absolve you from doing everything in your power to influence and support them in performing their resource management job to the best of their abilities. ...

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