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Project Management for IT-Related Projects by David I. Shepherd, Norman Smith, Brian West, Roger Ireland, Bob Hughes

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2.5 Resource allocation

So far we have taken no account of the availability of the resources needed to carry out any task. It is assumed that they will be available when they are needed. The resources that now need to be considered include raw materials, staffing and equipment. Usually with IT projects, the main concern is with staffing; however, sometimes equipment can also cause problems. For example, when conducting acceptance testing for a modified IT application, there is often a need for some tests of the whole operational system. This may need to be done on a public holiday or a weekend when no normal operational use is being made of the system. Here, we focus on staff resourcing.

For each activity, the resource types needed are identified. ...

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