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Seven Tips for Sellers

The following tips and techniques have been picked up from the front lines of project management and may be helpful to seller organizations and project managers in their efforts to get the most from their contracted project work and business relationships.

  1. Get formal acceptance Make sure to get some form of formal verification or sign-off from the client to document acceptance of the targeted deliverable(s).
  2. Clarify standards and acceptance criteria Make sure to understand what standards you are expected to adhere to before you begin your work (put in the contract) and document what criteria will be used by the client to officially accept each deliverable.
  3. Define review process Make sure to clarify with the client what process will be used to review and accept each deliverable. In particular, specify who will be involved in the review process, how much time will be allowed for the review, and how many iterations (for refinements) should be expected and included as part of the scope.
  4. Control invoicing process There is nothing worse than visiting with the client project manager or project sponsor after they have received an inaccurate project invoice that you did not know had been sent or had never seen. To avoid these situations and to manage the credibility of your organization, ask to have review and approve powers on any project invoices before they are issued.
  5. Keep a close eye on resource dependencies From the start, understand what elements of the WBS need collaboration with resources from the client (or other) organization and make sure these dependencies are clearly understood by the client and that they realize the impact (time, cost, quality) of not having them when needed.
  6. Manage communications This goes without saying: Take control and ownership of all communications between your team and the client organization and communications with your senior management.
  7. Be transparent The more open, transparent, and visible that you are regarding your team's activities and progress, the more trust and confidence you build with your client. If you happen to find yourself in a crisis, your "truth and nothing but the truth" approach and the relationship you have established may be the only things that get you through these times.

Part i. Project Management Jumpstart

Project Management Overview

The Project Manager

Essential Elements for any Successful Project

Part ii. Project Planning

Defining a Project

Planning a Project

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

Estimating the Work

Developing the Project Schedule

Determining the Project Budget

Part iii. Project Control

Controlling a Project

Managing Project Changes

Managing Project Deliverables

Managing Project Issues

Managing Project Risks

Managing Project Quality

Part iv. Project Execution

Leading a Project

Managing Project Communications

Managing Expectations

Keys to Better Project Team Performance

Managing Differences

Managing Vendors

Ending a Project

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Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
ISBN: 078973821X
EAN: N/A
Year: 2006
Pages: 169
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