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Resource Management
2008 Cricket Diane C Phillips

1. What is available?
Believe it or not, I start with a broad scan of what is available before focusing on what is needed for a project or group of projects. When I’m searching across these broad areas, it includes local resources across the community and nearby cities as well as online and specialty resources pools. This also includes any and every possibility I can generate for places to look.
For instance, there are always huge bins of salvageable resources in “tear-offs,” remodeling and construction industry discards. These represent large pools of tangible resources that can be used for a multitude of project requirements. There are also independent contractors who are involved in construction projects who recycle and send into the community some of the things they happen upon during their work that can be approached to acquire certain things from electric motors to wiring, wiring harnesses and other industrial salvage. This is only one example, but there are many throughout our communities and in nearby city centers.

2. What is needed?
After taking a look at where large pools of certain resources are abundant and reviewing my goals for the project, I look at what is needed. Sometimes, the look at abundant current pools of resources does influence changes in the project, but most of the time, it does not. The next thing to do is to either get a list on paper or get a list, general or specific, in my mind. It depends on what it is – if there are over twenty items, more or less, I generally keep the list in my mind rather than on paper because that works better for me. The main idea is to be congruent, coherent and concurrent in acquisition processing. There is no sense missing the opportunity to get three things from the same place because a list is being processed one item at a time.
I always determine at this point, how important is it? This is a critical judgement at this point in the process because if I don’t know how far I’m willing to go to complete the project, I won’t have a basis of judgement or justification for climbing over the hurdles that will be part and parcel of resourcing the project.

3. What condition of assets is required? (Does it matter if they are brand new or not?)
Sometimes, a brand new item within a project group is the only thing that will work for the integrity of the finished product. If that is the case, I want to determine that as early in the process as I can. Then, resourcing that item may be limited to cash in trade or in kind trade or some other limiting method. Otherwise, how new does it need to be? Most things do not have to be brand new and occasionally, reconditioning may be required.

4. How much (in what quantity) is required?

5. Is the entire quantity required at once or at the start? (Or can it be done in stages?)

6. Besides stores and other retail outlets, where are these resources located?

7. In what quantities are the resources available at the places listed?

8. What barter, trade or cash is required to get these assets?

9. How quickly can they be acquired, delivered, rounded up?

10. Now, decisions have to be made –

A.) Yes, go ahead –
B.) No, not worth it –
C.) Probably, but need more info –
D.) Likely, but need better resource choices – or access choices –
E.) Maybe later, set on a shelf for another time and relook later.

11. Next, acquisition processes begin –

A.) Negotiate
B.) Barter
C.) Trade
D.) Clean-Up
E.) Trade-Up
F.) Exchange
G.) Borrow
H.) Beg
I.) Steal – (not really – permanent borrowing when approved by owner)
J.) Buy New
K.) Buy Used
L.) Buy Auctioned
M.) Buy Discounted or Clearanced
N.) Buy or Trade Salvaged
O.) Buy or Trade Online
P.) Collectors Exchange
Q.) Hobby Trade and Exchange
R.) Opportunity Exchange
S.) Barter Platform Websites Exchange and Trading
T.) Specialty Convention Trading
U.) Co-ownership – Joint ownership (for tools and large equipment)
V.) Rental or Lease
W.) Sponsorship – Get someone to sponsor acquisition
X.) Rare acquisition sources, trade – barter – buy
Y.) Pawnshop, Impound, Impound Auctions, Alternate Sources
Z.) Extreme acquisition sources, trade – barter – buy (also find a good excuse for one-time use purchase by someone or some group and buy it from them after that.)

Written by Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips, 05-02-08, USA1 – USAX1 – 2008 – [CD]9