Covering project skill gaps

A skill gap is the difference between the skill level needed to complete a project, and the skill level possessed by the project team.The article discusses different ways of assessing skill gaps, and offers various strategies to overcome them.Gopal Kapur of the Center for Project Management has created a scale for measuring the skill gap on a particular project: where the skill gap is 15 to 25 percent, training and hiring can be used effectively to overcome it, but teams should not be assigned projects where the skills needed exceed the skills possessed by 30 percent.Several options for covering skill gaps are discussed, such as training vs. hiring, borrowing skills within the organization vs. contracting, and cross-training.
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