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If you meant a kick-off involving the supplier's resources, that would depend on the timing for their actual engagement on the project. Also, contracts might be signed with vendors well after a project has commenced so there might have already been an initial kick-off meeting.
As usual, it depends.
I fully agree with Kiron. We sometimes do the kick-off before contract signing, other times after. It depends.
The WBS might have been created in advance of procurement activities to provide details on what work packages were needing to be performed by a third party. So again, it depends...
I'd suggest that a common next step might be to meet with the vendor's PM or lead to work through specific logistics.
I think you will have to make use of clearly defined key performance indicator reports to assess vendor progress. Also, schedule recurring meetings to discuss issues with the vendor, whether it's positive or negative.
It depends on you teams level of engagement in the contract negotiations. Do you know the scope from the contract? Do you know the resources needed for the project. Was your IT department involved in the contract? At the very least, you would need a technical scoping call to understand the IT components and how the business plans to use the software, hardware or services. Developing a context diagram or system level diagram is a great way to understand the project. So what are the next steps:
1. Read the contract
2. Determine who does what
3. Start developing your staffing plan
5. Develop a scoping document
6. Start and complete the project charter
7. All these should be done in conjunction with Vendor project manager.
Nice threads here.
Number one always will be "read the contract"
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