If you're a project manager, you probably have had the problem of not having enough resources for your project. In particular, getting enough people (and the right ones) to do the work can be very difficult, especially if you have to compete for the budget for hiring them. Here are some tips you can convince the upper heads to give you the necessary means to get your project going:
Setting the Value of Your Project
• You have a high priority project. The priority of a project is largely set by the company executives. So if your project aims to achieve the goal of the company owner or president, you are more likely to receive funding or bring in the most competent people to your project.
• Many people will benefit from your project. People will be more willing to give you what you need if they will get something in return upon the success of your project. Most managers will help you if your work will lift off some of their own loads or make their work easier.
• Your project will have a big impact on the company. You can also get the resources you need if you show how your project will improve the company. You can even reallocate resources from less profitable projects, and use it in yours where it will create a much more positive effect.
Approval through Other Means
• Showing a cost/benefit analysis. When company executives see that it will cost the company more to not approve your project, then they will sensibly get you the resources you need.
• Using personal relationships. If you can't convince resource providers of the value of your project, but fully believe that it will benefit the company, you can try to use your personal relationships with higher ups to approve your requests. Just make sure that you're working for the company and not for just personal gain.