APM Contracts and Procurement Specific Interest Group

Contract An agreement made between two or more parties that creates legally binding obligations between them. The contract sets out those obligations and the actions that can be taken if they are not met.

Procurement strategy The high level approach for securing the goods and services required from external suppliers to satisfy project, programme and portfolio needs.

Definition from APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition  📖

About this SIG

The C&P SIG exists to promote and disseminate knowledge, understanding and best practice of contracts and procurement in a project environment. It aims to become a lively and constructive debating forum which takes existing best practice and helps make it better. The SIG wants to disseminate this knowledge, understanding and better-than-best practice through a variety of accessible means. 

It has a long term aspiration to become recognised as an international forum at the leading edge of excellence in contracts and procurement for projects. The SIG believes that procurement is the process by which the benefits, enhanced capability, functions/performance or resources (goods and services) required from or by a project or programme are acquired.

It includes deciding the package structure and, for each package, the development and implementation of the: 

  • contracting strategy;
  • contract documents, including the specific scope/requirement;
  • process and evaluation criteria for selection and award leading to the effective management of the contracts once entered into.

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The committee have monthly virtual meetings. If you are interested in hearing more please contact us to get in touch.


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Opinion piece: Procuring for agile projects

This white paper aims to nail down every detail or at the very least define the terms sufficiently to get a meaningful ‘fixed price’ from the market.

But change happens on projects, and that means the parties can easily be drawn into fighting over the cost, timescale and the other impacts of the change rather than delivering what the client wants.

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