Resource Management Plan Template


This fourteen-page Resource Management Plan template specifies the resource management method and identifies the locations of project resources. It prompts the user to estimate activity resources and specify the processes for acquiring, onboarding, developing, managing, and controlling project resources. The template supports development of an effective subsidiary management plan.

This Resource Management Plan template is developed to support a wide range of project types and sizes. It identifies and defines the roles and responsibilities of those who assume resource management responsibilities. It specifies the management method, defines processes for identifying resource requirements, and describes processes for acquiring project resources. This Plan identifies how the project team will be onboarded, trained, managed. It also provides processes for controlling project resources. Generally, it supports development of a subsidiary management plan that becomes part of the Project Management Plan.

More specifically, it:

  • begins with a section that captures relevant project information;
  • provides for the identification of project roles and responsibilities, as they pertain to project resource management;
  • prompts the Project Manager to describe the resource management method, the location of physical resources, team member locations, and to include a copy of the team charter;
  • includes a section for estimating the human and physical resources necessary to complete the project;
  • provides placeholders for the basis of resource estimates and the resource breakdown structure;
  • includes plans for acquiring project resources, including those from approved and solicited vendors;
  • accounts for securing, onboarding, and developing the project team;
  • identifies training;
  • provides for team building activities and rewards and recognition activities;
  • describes how a virtual team will interact and establishes project meeting guidelines;
  • contains a section for managing the project team which provides for individual performance assessments, reviews, appeals, team performance assessments, and timekeeping procedures;
  • provides processes for monitoring planned versus actual use of resources;
  • identifies activities or events that trigger corrective actions;
  • identifies change request procedures;
  • includes places for capturing assumptions, issues, and risks that are identified while planning resource management;
  • includes a section for attaching relevant project documents for approval; and
  • includes a section for resource management plan approval.

Who Creates the Resource Management Plan?

 Typically, the Project Manager develops the Resource Management Plan. Of course, effective planning accounts for the input of various project team members, other stakeholders, and the project sponsor.

What Are the Inputs?

There are numerous inputs to the development of a Resource Management Plan, including the project charter, the project management plan, the development approach, resource acquisition approach, and more.

How is the Resource Management Plan Constructed?

The Resource Management Plan varies greatly, depending on project needs. For some projects, the Resource Management Plan is developed in detail and becomes formally approved before the start of project work.

For other projects, this highly detailed and rigid approach to project planning would be disastrous. It is the Project Manager’s responsibility to consider all factors that affect the project and develop a plan that is tailored to support project success.

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