Importance of Human Resources in Software Projects
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Published: 25 Jan 2007
In this article Arindam provides comprehensive coverage about the importance of human resources in software projects.
by Arindam Ghosh
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Project Human Resource Management is a process of organizing the project team which is made of people who have been assigned roles and responsibilities to complete the project. It includes the following:

a) Human Resource Planning

b) Acquire Project Team

c) Develop Project Team

d) Manage Project Team

When project managers set their sights on deadlines on deliverables, tight time schedules and within budget, they must select and manage a team of experienced and competent professionals who can meet the challenge. This requires that project managers understand the Project Human Resource Management processes of planning, selecting, developing, and managing a project team. Such an understanding enables project managers to lead the project team to project completion and success.

Human Resource Planning process helps organization in developing staffing management plan, determines project roles, responsibilities and reporting responsibilities. The staffing plan details how and when team members will be acquired, determining if a training need exists, and if it does what training is required to fill the gap, recognition and rewards and safety plans. Project roles are designated for persons or groups from inside or outside the organization. It also includes compliance considerations time of acquirement of resources and the criteria for reading them the project.

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Title: Importance of Human Resources in Software Projects   
Name: Toti Bayudan
Date: 2007-05-01 10:54:56 PM
I found your article very interesting and helpful. I think it would help us more if you could point us to case studies where
human resources are clearly critical either to the success or failure of a software project. Thanks.

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