Project Management Institute

The hiring dilemma

Guaranteeing a high-quality deliverable is impossible without the best team members on a project; however, sometimes the human resourcing options for a project management office (PMO) often consist of a core number of full-time employees augmented by full-time contractors working in various delivery roles. This article discusses how the right combination of resourcing and management can help (PMOs) overcome staffing shortages without compromising quality. It explains how a PMO needs a resourcing model that enables it to support critical services, yet is flexible enough to ramp up and down resources to meet peak and weak demand. It then looks at how some organizations address this problem. The article details how a PMO may have to enter into agreements with multiple vendors to provide specialist resources to help meet the shortfall of team members on an organization's projects. Then it explores integrating vendor resources with the PMO's work ethic and culture. Additionally, it highlights how a PMO should enfo
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