Consists of outlining and guiding the team selection and responsibility assignment to obtain a successful team.


Confirming human resource availability and obtaining the team necessary to complete project activities.


The project management team may or may not have direct control over team member selection because of collective bargaining agreements, use of subcontractor personnel, matrix project environment, internal or external reporting relationships, or other various reasons. It is important that the following factors are considered during the process of acquiring the project team:

    • The project manager or project management team should effectively negotiate and influence others who are in a position to provide the required human resources for the project.
    • Failure to acquire the necessary human resources for the project may affect project schedules, budgets, customer satisfaction, quality, and risks. Insufficient human resources or capabilities decrease the probability of success and, in a worst-case scenario, could result in project cancellation.
    • If the human resources are not available due to constraints, such as economic factors or previous assignments to other projects, the project manager or project team may be required to assign alternative resources, perhaps with lower competencies, provided there is no violation of legal, regulatory, mandatory, or other specific criteria.

These factors should be considered and planned for in the planning stages of the project. The project manager or project management team will be required to reflect on the impact of any unavailability of required human resources in the project schedule, project budget, project risks, project quality, training plans, and the other project management plans.


  • Human Resource Management Plan


  • Project Staff Assignments
  • Resource Calendars
  • Updated Project Management Plan


  • Pre-assignment
  • Negotiation
  • Acquisition
  • Virtual Teams
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

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