Have you ever been in a situation where some of your key project resources are due to go on holidays at a critical time during the project? It is that time of year when people are going on holidays so can you prevent this from happening?
The answer is YES.
With some planning and communication this can be prevented.
Planning for Resource Holidays
Below are 5 top tips for planning holidays on a project:
Tip 1 – Keep a holiday tracker
At the start of the project setup a holiday tracker detailing the holidays already booked for all resources on the project. This tracker should also include public holidays
Tip 2 – Update the holiday tracker
Throughout the duration of the project update the tracker with new updated holidays
Tip 3 – Communicate critical dates
Communicate all critical dates of the project to resources so they are aware of the dates where holidays may not be permitted and where they are vital to the project
Tip 4 – Backup resources
For critical resources have a backup resource who is fully up to speed on all the tasks in case they need to take over any tasks
Tip 5 – Project Overrun
When planning projects ensure to plan for an overrun on dates, in case the project end date is extended or the project team is required to support the project after go-live. The holiday tracker needs to cover some time after go-live
What can Olas do to help?
We at Olas have dedicated project managers with many years of experience on project and programme management across many different industries and sectors.
Why not give us a call +353 1 279 0020 to discuss your needs and where we can help.