Is it possible for a manager to allocate a resource to another project while he/she has plenty of dependency in the current project, the other project being a maintenance project where some issues have been raised by the client? Especially if the current project is a high-priority one and also crucial in terms of meeting the deadline? If it is possible, then what is the best way for a manager to handle such a situation?
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By "resource" here, I assume you mean a person (rather than a machine or such).
Yes, of course it's possible to assign a person to another project while still important to another. It happens all the time.
Whether it makes sense or not depends a lot on
- both projects
- the capabilities of the individual
- the individual's ability to split time effectively
- and many other company-specific, and context-specific factors
Sometimes, these things must be done, even when we'd rather not. Sometimes it's very important to the company (or even critical).
Sometimes, it's just poor planning on someone's part.
Sometimes, that's just company culture.
then what is the best way for a manager to handle such a situation?
Again, "best" depends on a lot of contextual factors.
Sometimes the manager just needs to say "get it done" and a good employee understands and follows through. Other times more hand-holding is needed. Sometimes, comp time is given. Etc, etc.
Sometimes, the project which is losing part of this individual's time needs to be prepared to make adjustments - either other individuals to pick up the lost time, or a schedule change, or an expected quality change, etc, etc.