Develop Human Resource Plan Process

Develop Human Resource Plan is one of the 42 project management processes described in the fourth edition PMBOK®.   It’s one of the four Human Resource knowledge area processes, and one of the twenty Planning processes. The purpose of this process is to create the Human Resource Plan. The Activity Resource Requirements document (from the Estimate Activity Resources process) is needed as a reference for knowing what human resources are needed for the project. To document the roles and responsibilities in the Human Resource Plan, the organization’s Organizational Charts and Position Descriptions are used, which outline reporting relationships. Networking in order to know more people, and to know people better is especially helpful at the beginning of the project when people are being selected for the team.  Having an understanding of how people work together and are motivated is also helpful in putting together a good team, and this is called Organizational Theory.

The Human Resource Plan contains the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the project, organization charts outlining reporting relationships specific to the project, and the staffing management plan. There is much information contained in the staffing management plan, including a description of how staff will be acquired and released, resource calendars, training needs, how safety and compliance issues will be addressed, and how rewards will be given to team members.