Acquire Project Team Process

Posted on May 1, 2009 by


Acquire Project Team is one of the 42 project management processes described in the fourth edition PMBOK®. It’s one of the three Human Resource knowledge area processes, and one of the eight Executing processes.

The purpose of this process is to obtain the team members needed for the project. The Project Management Plan contains the Human Resource Plan which outlines what roles are needed are how long they are needed. If people have been assigned to the project before it has started, it’s called Pre-assignment. Acquisition is used to obtain people from outside the organization, and Negotiation may be performed by the project management team to obtain the best people for their project. If the team is to spend little or no time face-to-face with each other, the tool of Virtual Teams is used. The primary output of this process is Project Staff Assignments, which assign individuals to their roles on the project. Documentation of the time these individuals are able to work on the project is done for the Resource Calendars. Overall, this process examines the needed roles as defined in the Project Management Plan and finds individuals to fill those roles.