I’ve spent many years as both a resource manager with direct employees and as a project manager in a matrix resource environment where I had no on-going direct responsibility for my project team members once the project was over. In both cases, I assumed these individuals to be competent, capable, and skilled resources who were ready to perform on their assigned tasks. In the case of the direct employees, that’s why I interviewed them and hired them. In the case of the project resources … well … I always work with what is given to me but I also know that they were interviewed and hired (and assigned to my project) because they are skilled and competent. Innocent until proven guilty, right?