Question: Due to major cutbacks at my organization, I have been asked to work on getting new software that we need to update. In the past, we had a procurement department to do this. Since they were all let go, finances are at a low level for us. How can I quickly get myself up to speed so that I lower the company risk when we sign a new software contract?
As any Project Management professional would appreciate, Procurement Management is an important element of managing complex projects. Through this webinar/series of webinars, Manish will discuss important concepts of Procurement management like types of contracts, standard forms with a brief overview of FIDIC documents as an example, Instructions to Bidders (ITB), importance of independent estimates, change management, Extension of time (EOT), Payment terms, Price escalation, Suspension and termination of contract, types of securities, Force Majeure and finally dispute resolution. These concepts will be discussed with examples and case studies.
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