Responsibility Allocation

The course is aimed at enabling the learner to be able to effectively allocate the human resources they have in a project team.

LO 1: Able to allocate human resources to a project team.

What may team member duties include?

  • Contributing to overall project objectives.
  • Completing individual deliverables.
  • Provide Expertise.
  • Be destruction to the team

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Project team members are the individuals who actively work on one or more phases of the project. They may be in-house staff or external consultants, working on the project on a full-time or part-time basis. Team member roles can vary according to each project.

Project team member duties may include:

  • Contributing to overall project objectives
  • Completing individual deliverables
  • Providing expertise
  • Working with users to establish and meet business needs
  • Documenting the process

Each team member is included in the team to add value and expertise. The allocation of tasks for the project should be linked to the skills that the individuals possess and how they can assist the project to stay on course to the completion date.

According to Dr Meredith Belbin, there are nine distinctive roles in teams namely: Shapers who challenge the group into action; implementers who turn ideas into practical plans; Completers actually there to verify if everything is completed as desired by reviewing the work of others; Coordinators are the equivalent of team leaders. There are also the general team members who are there to support each other and keep everyone working together; the resource allocators look at the options that the group has; plants provide ideas and monitors analyse ideas from the plants and specialists contribute expect knowledge.

Responsibilities of each member should be clearly defined to avoid conflict and duplication of work. The development of a responsibility matrix will help to clarify who is responsible for what and when.