Published here November, 2005.

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Book Structure

Project Procurement Management contains fourteen chapters generally in the same natural progression as a procurement operation as follows:

  1. What is Procurement Management
  2. Procurement Categorie
  3. Planning for the Procurement of Project Scop
  4. Corporate Teaming Arrangement
  5. Procurement Risk
  6. Selection of Contract Type
  7. The "Project Procurement Management Plan
  8. Planning for the Solicitation
  9. Legal Aspects of Project Procurement
  10. Solicitation of Seller Proposal
  11. Source Selection and Contract Awar
  12. The Management of Project Procurements: a.k.a. Contract Administration
  13. Closing - out Project Procurement
  14. In Summary - Managing Project Procurement

Chapter 1 explains that: "This book is about project management. However, its primary focus is on that portion of the project which will be performed by another company."[2] And further: "[It] will focus exclusively on the Project Manager as the buyer of project scope."[3] The rest of the chapter provides a good, brief overview of the project procurement management topic. It emphasizes in particular that the contract language of any legal agreement covering "buy" work has to be right since you are into a "non-forgiving" relationship.[4]

Chapters 3 through 7 all deal with aspects of procurement planning. Of these, Chapter 6 on the subject of contract types is the largest. Chapter 4 deals with teaming arrangements as a means for buying work outside the organization but is supplemented by four Appendices. These cover a Model and advice and "Guidelines" for Establishing a Teaming Agreement. Otherwise, the book's information is reasonably evenly distributed throughout. Chapter 14 closes the book by recommending ten steps to implement project procurement management successfully. Finally there is a Glossary of Procurement Terms as used in the book, and a brief note About the Author. The text is punctuated by 45 useful illustrations that add clarity to the content.

From the book's Introduction, you will learn that Quentin was responsible for reviewing Chapter 12 of PMI's PMBOK Guide 2000, so it comes as no surprise that in this book Quentin conforms to the terminology of that version of the Guide. Since then, of course, PMI has issued a new 2004 version of the PMBOK Guide in which they have made some further changes to the terminology. For example, "solicitation", amongst others, has now been replaced by "Request Seller Responses" because, in the words of the PMBOK Guide 2004: "to recognize the negative connotation of these words in various areas around the world."[5] Thus, yet another perfectly respectable English word bites the dust in the name of political correctness!

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2. Ibid, p2
3. Ibid, p6
4. Ibid, p5
5. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 3rd Edition, Project Management Institute, PA, 2004, p307
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