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Priorities

"Most organizations have multiple priorities, with any particular project being one of many things that need to be done. Higher priority initiatives tend to receive more resources, attention and scrutiny, all of which can help to remove obstacles and problems before they derail the project."

Common Problems

"The table below identifies some of the common problems within the priorities category, key considerations, and some suggested questions that can be included in your assessment questionnaire."
Problem Description
Considerations
Suggested Questions
Lack of resources
There may not be enough resources to meet all the business requirements. Prioritizing the business requirements allows a better utilization of the business in terms of return on investment. Noncritical items can be moved off the critical path.
How do we know that we have the right resources? How do we know that we have the right number of resources?
Physical resource conflicts
Physical resources, such as computers and desks, may be allocated to other initiatives. The executive sponsor may be called on to deal with these conflicts.
What is the process for getting new resources? What do we need to complete the project?
Project team resource conflicts
The same people may be required on different projects at the same time. Planned resources may not be hired in a timely fashion.
Are any other projects targeting a similar completion date?



The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.