There are essentially two types of billing for contract work—Fixed Price (FP) or Time and Materials (T&M). Both have their advantages and disadvantages. This article introduces a third type of billing for a contract, called “Pre-Paid” (PP) billing. The Pre-Paid staffing model has an interesting parallel to flight booking and looks at the economies of scale to benefit both the provider and the client.
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According to the Project Management Institute, acquiring the goods and services that are necessary for a project to succeed follows four specific processes. This article continues the series of walking through the processes within each knowledge area.
This will be the first in a series of articles that will look to provide the background of issues involved with managing an agile software development project under a traditionally linear and sequential project procurement process. Software development has been deliberately chosen for the example industry since that’s the domain for which agile is most typically used, but for those using agile in other industry domains, the general issues and proposed solution should work equally well within your industry.
A new agile procurement process--one that can operate in conjunction with and alongside an agile software development methodology--should significantly improve both the procurement of software vendor’s services and and successful delivery of software projects. This article will explore the underlying principles as well as map the reconciliation points required to harmonize agile development and procurement methods.
Transitions can be difficult when management and stakeholders change--something that happens on a regular basis in the government. Some basic guidelines can keep the project on track.
Winning contracts is a team effort. An organization must practice transparency so that project managers have enough information to understand the wider picture to focus their projects on creating business value.
Nations are targeting better and more sustainable economic growth that requires high infrastructure investment. Public Private Partnership (PPP) helps bridge the budgetary gap, as well as being a method for cost-effective and quality service delivery.