Category Archives: Vendor Management

How to buy Project Management Consulting Services: Service as a Product (SaaP)

When you need to hire a project management consulting firm, knowing in advance exactly what services you are getting and how much they will cost you gives control and peace of mind. Innovative firms are thinking differently about how they charge for their consulting services and they are offering creative ways to package Project Management…

Writing Statements of Work That Keep Your Projects on Track

Matt Karlyn, a partner with the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP and is a member of the firm’s Information Technology & Outsourcing Practice, shares his insights on writing vendor Statements of Work that keep IT projects on Track and protect them from vendors who don’t deliver. At the beginning of a project that…

How to replace a vendor who is not working out

A conversation with Patricia Garofano on how to successfully replace a vendor who is not working out and ensure a smooth transition to a new vendor with minimal impact on your organization. Don’t miss hearing Patricia speak at the Project Management Telesummit: March 8-10,2011. Find out more here. Brought to you by: Project Management Telesummit…

7 Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Step 3

In my initial port in this series “Seven Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Intro”, I provided a high level overview of the Statement of Work (SOW) development process. Step 1 covered the planning the effort. Step 2 covered formatting the SOW. This post will describe step 3 – Collect and Analyze Requirements….

7 Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Step 2

In my initial port in this series “Seven Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Intro”, I provided a high level overview of the Statement of Work (SOW) development process. Step 1 covered the planning the effort. This post will describe step 2 – formatting the SOW. You can choose to have one person…

7 Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work-Step 1

In my previous post “Seven Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Intro” , I provided a high level overview of the Statement of Work (SOW) development process. In this post, I cover step 1 – planning the effort. This step includes the following activities: Establish a Preliminary Scope Statement Start the SOW writing…

7 Steps to Writing Effective Statements of Work – Intro

There are many ways to approach writing a Statement of Work (SOW) for projects that involve vendors. This series explore the seven steps that will lead you through the process of writing any SOW. These seven are not necessarily sequential, but it should be possible to move backward/forward to the previous/next step depending on the…

Tips for Effective Statements of Work

The current economy is forcing vendors to re-organize, cut staff, and re-think their strategies and business models.  These changes often have the potential to impact the commitments they have already made to their clients and customers. How will you make sure that your project is not affected by such changes? In the case of a…

Don’t get caught between your Vendor and a Hard Place

The reputations of many great project managers were ruined because their projects failed due to their mismanagement of vendors. The biggest mistake project managers make in discerning the status of their project is to rely solely on vendor status reports. These reports give only one version of the project’s progress. And that version happens to…