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Managing other project resources

Introduction

All project managers know that nothing ever goes exactly according to plan in a project, and a good project plan will include contingency planning based on sensible risk analysis. However, accurate estimating of resource requirements in the project planning stages is also essential if the project manager is to be able to manage project resources effectively during implementation, without having to make radical adjustments to the planned activities ‘on the fly’. If, for example, the project planners underestimated the amount of time required to implement tasks, the project manager will have no choice but to cut something, or to spend more money on doing it differently – remember the essential characteristics ...

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