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PM Corner (Blog)

PM Corner (Blog)

Project Manager's Role in Procurements

Posted by James Truesdale on October 13, 2017 at 3:25 AM

Often as a Project Manager, I will take on a project after the related contractual activities are complete. For example, the client has purchased a software solution. My job as PM is to implement the solution and ensure that it is operational. Hence, the Project Manager is accountable for all aspects of the project, which means that he or she must understand all contractual-related activities. To that end, as a Project Manager, it is in your best interest to do the following:

1. Understand the procurement process

2. Ensure contract has all project management requirements

3. Identify risks and incorporate mitigation of threats into a contract

4. Account for products/services to be delivered per the Statement of Work (SOW), contract, etc

5. Work with contract manager to manage changes to the contract

6. Review and update contractual documents

7. Review and sign-off on delivered products or services

8. Monitor and report on contract performance

Again, as the PM, it is your responsibility to understand the procurement process from end to end. This understanding will give you an edge when related contractual issues arrive because they will.

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