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3 Keys to Better Contract Management for Project Managers

by David Jones

Contract management is a key tool for project managers, helping to articulate the written baseline of a project. But why is it so often neglected? Three key aspects can help project managers better understand its importance.

Topic Teasers Vol. 151: Contracts for a PM Contractor

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: Due to my success as a project manager in the traditional marketplace, I have opened my own business as a contractor for unique projects. I’m having some trouble with the financial side of things. How can I make sure I’m covering my own expenses and profit, while also protecting my customers from feeling uncertain about the cost for my services?

Dealing with Development Regulations: 7 Tips for Public Project Managers

by Hope Gibson

There are several things you can do when presented with development requirements that either don’t seem appropriate for your project—or that present unintended consequences for the often unique, typically very custom projects that public project managers are regularly assigned.

Always Understand Your Contracts!

by Andy Jordan

Many project managers don’t think they have any accountability in contract management because their organization has a procurement of contract management function. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Topic Teasers Vol. 137: Lowering Software Purchasing Risk

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

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?

Vendor Selection and Trust in the Age of Search Engine Optimization

by Brian Galhouse, PMP

We can’t always do it all ourselves. Choosing the right vendor is critical to your project’s success. Ensuring your goals are aligned, conducting deep due diligence, and creating a win-win scenario will get you there. This article looks at approaches to help you gather accurate information about your vendor and their capabilities.

4 Essential Considerations for Supplier Selection

by Shaoping Cao

Suppliers play an important role in projects, so the supplier selection process is crucial. We can avoid some risks if we take the following considerations into account during the supplier selection process.

Before You Dive In...Make Sure the Water Is Warm

by Brent Langevin

The Pay for Success (PFS) approach provides a compelling “try before you buy” platform for conducting a new product or service analysis. Is there a way to “experience” the needs and challenges of engaging in a PFS initiative, and to “visualize” the potential benefits of the offering, without a large commitment of resources to such an up-front effort?

Dealing With Delays in EPC Projects

by Mujahid Akhtar

Delays in engineering, procurement and construction projects almost feel inevitable. However, they can be avoided if we understand and identify their causes before the start of the project—and try to mitigate the gaps during the project lifecycle.

Coordination in the Supply Chain Management of Complicated Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning Projects

by Niansheng Chu

Coordination plays an important role in both project and supply chain management, especially in regard to complicated engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) projects. Analysis of supply chain management for a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) building illustrates the differences between traditional-industry and complicated EPCC projects.

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