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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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For all project activity that you intend to outsource, develop a thorough statement of work (SOW), including detailed feature specifications, deliverable performance and acceptance criteria, any other relevant requirements, and the necessary timing. Ensure that the SOW is consistent with your project scope planning. Develop a rough estimate of anticipated cost.

Consider contracting options (such as fixed price or time and materials) and describe how you will decide which to recommend. Determine how many proposals you will need to consider. Develop a procurement management plan, consistent with your organizational practices. Identify timing and staffing for all necessary work.

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