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Presenting: New Project Staffing White Paper

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We are thrilled to announce the release of our third white paper this year, this time on project management staffing.  As always, we wanted to give our loyal followers of this blog the first crack at this valuable content.

This comprehensive paper demonstrates a multi-tiered approach to project staffing, including an in-depth look at the best practices for the talent acquisition layer.  Also included is a guide to picking the appropriate staffing partner.

Click here to receive your copy of Getting Beyond PMPs: Best Practices to Find, Select, and On-board Excellent Project Leaders.

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How to Do Project Management Staffing Right

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As the economy recovers, capital spend is returning to perform more projects, increasing the demand for qualified project resources.  Unfortunately, leadership for these new projects and programs cannot always come from within.  The organization may be unable to secure long-term funding for full-time employees and so have to seek out contract work, or the internal staff might simply not have the necessary skills or experience available for critical roles.

When seeking outside talent, a myriad of common challenges arise, including unrealistic timelines, unclear requirements, and process gaps between the organization and its staffing partner.  But far and away the biggest challenge when staffing project managers is an overemphasis on technical skills for a leadership position. (more…)

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A Project Leader Isn’t a Gallon of Milk: How a Commodity Approach to Staffing Costs Organizations Time, Money and Morale

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Far too many organizations treat staffing project leaders like they treat grocery shopping. So long as a staffing company is providing them with a bevy of resumes with competitive prices and a good return policy, many organizations are content to shop there.

The problem is that, unlike with a gallon of milk, quality varies when shopping for project managers, and choosing the wrong product costs an organization’s time, dollars, morale, and efficiency. The impact of a poor hire is multiplied when it occurs at such a crucial position as a project manager.

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