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Great Lessons in Project Management by David Pratt

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PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT   13

Take the Time Necessary to Ensure Project Success

Gary Hudson, PMP

One of our project’s objectives was to acquire a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software product to support a business area’s critical needs. Although the organization had experience with this type of work, the individual team members didn’t know exactly what they needed to do. Our project sponsor picked a date about six months out as the target for publication of the request for proposals (RFP) and we set about organizing for that milestone.

We kicked off the project by gathering business requirements through workshops with a representative group ...

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