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Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership – Part IX

Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership – Part IX (#9 in the series Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership)
By Linda Miller of Traveling Coaches, Inc.

Confirm Project Completion and Vendor Release

When is a project complete? Taking the time to be very explicit about the criteria for project completion can help avoid being blindsided by late surprises. The criteria should also be outlined in the communication plan. A user acceptance test (UAT) from the law firm and the vendor perspective should be in the project plan to ensure that both parties are satisfied that the project deliverables are acceptable.

Completion criteria are tools for communication and an important aspect of “quality management” on a project. The team needs to agree on when a particular activity or phase is completed. When the project is complete, a formal, written release from the firm to the vendor should be prepared and signed by the PM. Read the Complete Article

Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership – Part VIII

Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership – Part VIII (#8 in the series Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership)
By Linda Miller of Traveling Coaches, Inc.

Project management offices (PMOs) and project managers (PMs) are a necessity in today’s law firms, to ensure that IT projects stay on track. Anyone acting as a PM on a project requiring multiple outside vendors knows that if not managed properly, chaos can reign. Working with your own staff on a project can usually be orchestrated with ease, but throw in a vendor or two (or more) and the project can quickly get out of hand. Creating a successful partnership between vendors and your own project team is a necessity to ensure project success.

Schedule Project Financial Reviews

Develop a financial review meeting schedule with the vendor. The project manager should require the vendor to submit timely information including budgeted versus actual hours used to date and hours (costs) remaining on the project. Read the Complete Article

Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership – Part VII

Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership – Part VII (#7 in the series Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership)
By Linda Miller of Traveling Coaches, Inc.

Project management offices (PMOs) and project managers (PMs) are a necessity in today’s law firms, to ensure that IT projects stay on track. Anyone acting as a PM on a project requiring multiple outside vendors knows that if not managed properly, chaos can reign. Working with your own staff on a project can usually be orchestrated with ease, but throw in a vendor or two (or more) and the project can quickly get out of hand. Creating a successful partnership between vendors and your own project team is a necessity to ensure project success.

Communicate Informally

Informal communication should be frequent and brief. Hold impromptu meetings with the project team including project managers, project leaders and external resources. These meetings should cover the project status and address concerns, as well as share successes. Read the Complete Article

Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership – Part II

Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership – Part II (#2 in the series Project Managers and Vendors: Creating a Successful Partnership)
By Linda Miller of Traveling Coaches, Inc.

Project management offices (PMOs) and project managers (PMs) are a necessity in today’s law firms, to ensure that IT projects stay on track. Anyone acting as a PM on a project requiring multiple outside vendors knows that if not managed properly, chaos can reign. Working with your own staff on a project can usually be orchestrated with ease, but throw in a vendor or two (or more) and the project can quickly get out of hand. Creating a successful partnership between vendors and your own project team is a necessity to ensure project success.

Consultation

Firms may employ a vendor as a consultant to review their project plans. If a firm is comfortable with the technology and feels that the IT department can accomplish the project in-house, the firm may employ a consultant just to confirm that the team has not missed anything. Read the Complete Article

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