If your company actively manages its Project Portfolio, then this building block should already be in place. However, many companies begin new projects without any consideration of the impacts to projects already in progress or in the “pending” queue. This is the single biggest root cause to the Project Manager’s #1 headache: resource contention.
Before projects can begin, you should have satisfactory answers to the following questions:
- Are any existing projects competing for the same resources?
- If so, do these resources have the availability required for the new project?
- Where does this new project rank in the corporate priority?
- Is there a process in place to prevent the next new project from interfering with this one?
The answers to the above will tell you if you have Executive commitment for your project. Without it you will every day be at risk of losing key resources and jeopardizing your schedule.