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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

Slight frame challenge: consider providing your estimates as the wide-end of a cone of uncertainty rather than a discrete number. "I need a [vague thing], how long would it take?" "...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

To add onto nvogel's correct answer. Besides for providing itemized deliverables, you need to add in the standard functions that are forgotten, overlooked but necessary and very time + resource ...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

Attach each estimate to an itemised deliverable rather than a named scope of work, that way there's less room for doubt about what was estimated. Use relative estimation (points) at the item level ...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

Your issue requires two things that are 100% owned by YOUR company, and only these two things: 1) You need to insert legalese-type language that accompanies your estimate that this is a high-level, ...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

Communication should be as clear as possible if you want to avoid misinterpretations, that's not impolite but simply professional. What about a prominent note This is a rough estimate based on ...
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How to bring to the surface dysfunction in a scrum master cop

That's something I have seen a lot. It happens when the dust settles and the teams are grown up and everything is save and sound. And even the most performing team needs to be evolved and facilitated ...
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Is there a term for chained unknown unknowns?

The source of all risks is uncertainty, i.e., what we don't know. There are three types: 1) aleatory (irreducible); 2) epistemic (reducible); and 3) ontological (complete ignorance). Aleatory risks--...
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Giving high level estimates to client without commiting to numbers

One way to response to the question is to focus on risks inherent in the subsequent work. In the total, for a very risk project I would never give any estimate at all, instead I would suggest a pre-...
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What is a project book?

In this case, the project book needs to be what your teacher thinks it should be. I've never created a "project book" in all my time working on projects. It is likely a specific term some people use ...
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What is the difference between "status report" and "variance report"?

Well for starters - baseline(s) could be anything - cost, schedule etc but perfomrance measurement baseline is a subset of all the baselines. Secondly, status report, as said is focused on vitals of ...
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What is the difference between "active listening" and the "sender-receiver model"?

PMP uses the sender-receiver model of communication in which parties alternate their roles to keep the communication going. So it's an interactive model of communication, with feedback incorporated, ...
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What is the difference between "status report" and "variance report"?

I cannot speak to what Rita Mulchahy's definitions are but the PMBoK does not contain a definition of Variance Report in any way. It does discuss variance analyses as a technique to determine where ...
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I'm a freelancer PM working with a remote client- I was hoping someone had some communication management advice

Try to use an email tracker, as it can clarify if the client has free time to respond. If this client continuously opens emails but doesn't respond it's a red flag that he/she isn't interested in a ...
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poor communication in a mentorship-like relation

From the sheer size of the question - and from reading in and between the lines - I think you have a problem communicating via email. It sounds like you like to write long emails with multiple ...
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How could someone use Kanban or a similar method for community engagement?

I think the question is quite broad and the concepts of Kanban and community engagement are not related to each other. The methodology you are going to use to implement your work is something ...
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What is a project book?

The definition we eventually went with was that used by Brooks in chapter 7, Why Did The Tower of Babel Fail, of his The Mythical Man-Month.
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