You can't always get what you want
Though project managers working with tight deadlines often have limited access to resources, they can successfully accomplish their project objectives--without slippages or overruns--if they improve the way they identify, allocate, and consume their available resources. This article examines techniques that project managers can use to overcome resource scarcity issues. In doing so, it discusses projects in relation to organizational priority and to real and imposed resource constraints. It explains the positive impact that shutting down unnecessary projects can have in regards to freeing resources much needed for top priority projects. It also describes the role that perception plays when planning and allocating resources, a role that involves understanding a project's requirements and its resource base, a role that considers the alternatives between hiring staff experts and employing independent contractors.