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Should Project Managers be involved in the Pre-Award Phase?

New article by Halliburton’s Andy Cuthbert argues “yes”

16 August 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – According to Andy Cuthbert, project manager at Halliburton in Houston, one of the world’s largest oil and gas industry service firms, in his latest paper: “The central premise for a project charter stipulates that the project sponsor and steering committee designate a project manager. Simultaneously, and often in advance of the construction of the project charter, a team has been working late into the night compiling the bid in response to the tender; herein, lies a fundamental flaw. Of the seven basic rules that decide the fate of a project, planning is the most critical aspect in defining clear and attainable goals; yet, from the outset, the sequence of events commonly employed does not facilitate this. Generally, the bid has been awarded and the contract signed off before the project manager has been identified. Only when he is in place, is he privy to the document, placing him at a distinct disadvantage, since he has to assemble his team at the same time he is reading, absorbing, and understanding the nuances of the contract document recently thrust into his hands.”

Andy’s paper, “Pre-Award Planning Phase: Involvement of Project Manager” was published in the August PM World Journal and can now be found in the library.  To read it, go to Andy’s author showcase page at and click on the paper.  Must be a logged in library member to access!