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7 September 2005

Primary and Secondary Resources

Last night's PM Techniques lecture was called Resource Allocation and Management.

A concept was introduced that I had never heard of: Primary and Secondary Resources. Previous to last night I had thought of these issues in terms of either:

  • Research: Primary resources being artifacts like historical objects or surveys, secondary being interpretation.
  • Economics: Primary resources being raw materials like iron ore, and secondary being processed like steel rods.

The concept in project management is:

  • Primary resources are resources that are available immediately, and
  • Secondary resources and resources that will need to be procured.

It's impact is in resource leveling and scheduling; you manage your costs and cash flow better without peaks of labour use, as well as the many other benefits you get out of using your regular team.

These pictures came from The Professional Council for Religious Education's website