5th Edition PMBOK® Guide—Chapter 9: Human Resource Management Plan

One of the outputs of process 9.1 Plan Human Resource Management is, not surprisingly, the Human Resource Management Plan.  The purpose of this post is to discuss what elements are in the plan, and why they are there.

From the organization’s point of view, the element of the plan that deals the most with the acquisition of the team is the staffing management plan.  This is important for process 9.2 Acquire Project Team.  The reporting relationships and other interactions on the team that are illustrated in the project organizational charts are important for the process 9.3 Develop Project Team.  Finally, the roles and responsibilities that the members will fulfill are important for the process 9.4 Manage Project Team.


1. Roles and responsibilities For those people on the project team, the following should be described:

  • Roles—the function of that person on the project
  • Authority—the extent to which that person can approve resources, make decisions, sign approvals, accept deliverables, etc.
  • Responsibility—the duties that person is supposed to perform
  • Competency—the skills and capacities that person is supposed to perform.
2. Project organizational charts Graphic display of the project team members and their reporting relationships.
3. Staffing management plan Describes when and how team members will be acquired and for how long they will be needed.

This often includes the following elements:

  • Staff acquisition plan
  • Staff release plan
  • Resource calendars
  • Training needs
  • Recognition and rewards
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Safety issues

These three elements of the human resource management plan assist the project manager and the team to carry out the other three processes.  The next process, 9.2 Acquire Project Team, will be outlined in the next post.


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