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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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Identify Direct Project Costs

Project cost estimation at the activity level, central to project plan development, provides the basis of cost budgeting. List all activity-related expenses for:

  • Staffing costs (based on effort estimates and appropriate labor rates)

  • Outsourcing (from source selection and negotiating contracts)

  • Hardware and other equipment purchases

  • Charges for use of shared or rented equipment

  • Supplies and required components

  • Software acquisition and licenses

  • Communications: audio, video, computer networking

  • Services: shipping costs, duplicating, and printing

  • Travel expenses

  • Other needs with direct costs

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