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Are consultants paid for abandoning project?

I'm a PhD student and I'm new to Management StackExchange. I'm researching on the kind of contracts that are designed for consultants, and I had a few generic questions about them. Since there is a ...
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How to Handle a Funding Overrun on a Time and Materials (T&M) Contract

Here is the scenario: You are the PM of a new T&M contract that has a $800,000 budget at completion (BAC) and a price of $1,000,000 and a one-year period of performance (POP). Scope is fluid, ...
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How to deal with customer (dis)satisfaction and formal agreements amidst large rotation in small teams?

Working in outsourcing model I wonder what are your experiences with fluctuation on vendor's team level. Assuming smaller teams (up to 20 people) when team rotation on vendor's side reaches e.g. 30% ...
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Working with Freelancers [closed]

I have had two bad experiences with freelancers on different websites which ended up in bad terms The first freelancer refused to complete the job saying that he has been doing work for more than the ...
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Cone of uncertainty - how could we delay commitment to estimates in real life?

I am reading a book from Steve McConnell dealing with software project estimations and I do not understand the following statement (my translation, I got the book in German): An effective ...
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What are differences between Cost Plus Award Fee and Cost Plus Incentive Fee Contract?

Both Cost Plus Award Fee and Cost Plus Incentive Fee contract types are Cost Reimbursable contracts in which the seller is reimbursed for completed work plus a fee representing profit. In the PMBOK ...
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How to manage consulting resources to deliver ahead of delivery dates?

I am a PM for a large matrix enterprise organization that has internal development resources as well as contracted consulting groups. Depending on the project we may need to engage an application team ...
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How do I convice clients that we should use Agile and how should we charge for it

We are a small company working in web development. I like Agile and I tend to use it within my team. The issue is: usually, clients need to get quoted with a lump sum of their project that will not ...
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Can contracts based on agile project deliverables be tied to staged payments?

Do software developers operating under some sort of agile development cycle and presenting a series of 'deliverables' to their customer expect—or contract—their clients to make a stage ...
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In Scrum, should we be billed for defects and unplanned activities?

My company is the client. An offshore company is developing our product. We pay them on a monthly basis. They send us an invoice with a fixed rate per full time resource. They also send us a ...
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How should a project manager handle a request for contracted software to produce twice as many reports as specified in the project's requirements?

I have joined a late-phase software project and there is a great deal of disagreement between my management and the client about work items they are claiming to be outstanding. In short, our business ...
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How to plan for fixed bid during contract time?

During Contract time, we are given requirement details and we dont have stories. If we have to go for fixed bid contract, do we create stories at time? I doubt - as no one has time at contract stage ...
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Delays in getting project sign off

I'm facing a challenging situation with one of my clients. We completed the project as planned in 4 months and now the next step is the project deployment at his site. The problem is his site is not ...
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How do you ensure your code does not get stolen when working with a remote contractor? [closed]

Recently in order to expand our products, we have had to bring in external contractors, especially those working remotely. Some of the tasks involve porting an existing application on one platform to ...
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How to finish FP project when change requests are not finishing

We have got the situation when our FP project is running over the time without visible end date. The initial agreed scope is accomplished so we would like to release the team. However the customer ...
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Failed to finish project in time, now threatened with UK court [closed]

I wonder if anyone has experience and can help with some advise. I am a programmer with 15 years of experience, and I feel it is unfair what is happening to me. I was silly enough to sign a ...
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Committing the Product Owner to a sprint backlog with a contract

A short introduction to the question: I'm a Scrum Master in a small web development organization (10 employees) and we do a lot of projects that'll last for 3 or 4 sprints, with an average duration of ...
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Should a Statement of Work (SOW) include “coding style” under the Client Obligations section?

I am hiring a contracting firm to rewrite a small application for my group. The dev team is going to be a single person. Based on past experiences with other developers, I'm concerned that the code ...
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Firm Fixed Price Contracts and Binding the Work

For scope that is reasonably explicit, many customers choose to purchase services under a firm fixed price contract in order to remove cost risk. It is essentially transferring risk to the seller as ...
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PMBOK 4th Edition - Monitor and Control Project Work versus other Control Processes, what are the differences?

Are there any significant differences between "Monitor and Control Project Work" process versus other control processes e.g., control scope, control schedule, control cost, perform quality control? ...
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Is including “communication” aspects in formal agreements with clients critical to have?

We all know that in management, the communication with the client (product owner or sponsor) is one of the key factors. It's good when both sides understand the communication aspect. However, from ...
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Trust issues with a client

I've been negotiating recently with a client who is... well... a bit difficult to work with, to say the least. He was the first to contact me and request my services. He wants me to build an ...
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How to choose and manage a sales team that are given great flexibility?

I have come to a situation where I have to choose around 10 individuals to do sales for our company. A salesman per department (e.g electronic, cosmetic and so on). My concern is that the salesman ...
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Who should bear the cost of upgrade? Client or Provider?

We are in the middle of developing iPhone app. iOS 5 is recently released. Now if we run the same codes in iOS 5 we get lot of errors / crashes. Should we charge the client to get the code ...
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Project cancelled, still client wants to use parts of it?

After four prototypes on a mailshot design, the client is now telling me that the project is going to be cancelled. Because a lot of work was involved, I submitted an updated "cost estimate" (in this ...