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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.

Construction Industry Project Management: Priority 3 — Planning

by Mark A. Annunziata, Sr., PMP

In his first article, the author examined design and preconstruction in tier 1 construction projects (over US$ 100 million). This entry in the series explains the contracts and contractor requirements for planning. The project management plan consists of multiple parts requiring contractor submittal and owner approval. The elements of the plan are described along with instructive stories and lessons learned.

8 Tips for Your Procurement Process

by Mohamed Hesham Youssef

Negotiating prices during procurement does not only depend on the purchaser's soft skills or negotiation techniques; technical skills also have a role. In this article, the author shares technical ideas and advice that may lead to cost reductions or price discounts.

Project Proposals: Involve the Project Manager!

by Anju Aggarwal

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.

Efficient Project Team Consolidation in Post-Merger Companies

by Nat Schatz

When evaluating the acquisition of a company, many organizations emphasize the financial aspects but downplay facets of the consolidation dealing with project execution. This paper examines the major considerations and discusses how to improve the integration process to avoid negative impact.

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