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Dealing with an agency who can't give a definite quote

TL;DR There's nothing wrong with your vendor's model. The problems are: There's a mismatch between their business model and yours; and Your budget doesn't account for the known costs and business ...
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Sub contractors changing the invoicing agreement

There are always two sides to a story. You should stick to the terms of the contact, which means honoring the fixed price assuming the scope was delivered, no matter if late (claiming any penalties ...
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Strategy to manage and organize Contractor's Work and change requests

Since you said you're using JIRA but are leery about giving access to external subcontractors... For simplicity, I will assume you have only one subcontractor and one JIRA Project; if not, this ...
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Dealing with an agency who can't give a definite quote

The agency is avoiding risk. What they seem to be doing is accepting work as if they are working under a fixed price arrangement but dealing with payment as if under a time and materials arrangement. ...
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Boss is making me liable for developers actions

As Project Manager, your job is to get the project done. This project is one of your boss's goals and you are there to help your boss get his job done. If you have repeatedly explained to this ...
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Boss is making me liable for developers actions

OK I think you have a number of different issues here. 1: How to assess the performance of a developer. A very difficult problem which often comes up on this site. My view is you can only do this by ...
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Boss is making me liable for developers actions

As Project Manager, you should be the buffer between the customer and the developers. It's part of your job description. As such, it makes sense that the questions are handed to you, so that you can ...
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Having trouble managing a sub contractor

I notice you've tagged this "risk management". I think you have at significantly increased the probability of late delivery (increased the risk) by using someone who seems to be working during the day ...
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Having trouble managing a sub contractor

The situation can be better handled via SLAs set when a PO is issued for the sub-contractor. The SOW needs to be clearly defined and if the 3rd party resource does not deliver as per the SLAs, then ...
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Give visibility to work being done by a subcontractor

This is communication and stakeholder management. You need to figure out which stakeholder requires what information at what time and then how to deliver it to them. Access to the tool for the raw ...
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Dealing with an agency who can't give a definite quote

A part of the equation not obvious is the agency's experience with the existing code and your client. That factor could be significant. Or simply it could be a typical vendor relationship, money in, ...
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Seeking professional advice on choosing/evaluating of an IT-contractor

You will never know if you have chosen a quality contractor, untill their first delivery. Sure, contracting Accentures will improve your odds. But you still won't get 100% probability of getting ...
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Is it possible to apply Scrum to time based sub contractors?

http://scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html Scrum is not based on velocity; velocity is a technique that can be used within the Scrum framework. Hour estimation could be used as well; forecasting and ...
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How do you ensure your code does not get stolen when working with a remote contractor?

As usual, you can just increase the effort one has to invest to steal from you. There is never 100% security. Your employees might copy and sell your code. Nevertheless, there are multiple ...
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