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WHAT IS CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT?

Contracts are the one of the most important aspects of a business or other entity.  The contract establishes the applicable warranty, indemnifications, limitation of liability, scope of work, schedule, period of performance, terms and conditions, prices, requirements, references, specifications, assumptions, service levels, tasks, deliverables, reporting, and other provisions governing a contractual relationship. Today, many companies and other entities are requiring proactive contracts management for improved contractual visibility, efficiency, economics, risk minimization, control, and operational performance.

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Contracts management (according to CMBOK 3rd Edition) is the process of managing contracts, deliverables, deadlines, and contracts terms and conditions while ensuring customer satisfaction. It does not end when the contract is awarded. Contracts management is a mature profession, but still growing. It covers pre-award, award, and post-award. CMBOK 3rd Edition indicates (to some extent) that contracts management also includes certain specialized knowledge areas (R&D, A&E/Construction, IT, Major Systems, Services, International, State/Local, Supply Chain, PBA, Government Property, Security, Environmental, FMS) and certain business areas (Management, Marketing, Financial Analysis, Accounting, Budgeting, Economics, Leadership).

NCMA describes “Contracts Management” as follows:  Contracts management is a profession that includes many positions along the buying and selling chain, including jobs within the federal government, industry, commercial businesses, academia, and more. Contracts management professionals strive to: (1) Manage customer and supplier expectations and relationships,  (2) Control risk and cost, and  (3) Contribute to organizational success. Contracts management integrates a broad set of business disciplines and involves working closely with all areas and departments within an organization.

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Contracts management involves the proactive management of a wide variety of commercial, international, government, collaborative, consortial, relationship, and other agreements in accordance with  best practices, applicable entity policies and procedures, compliance programs, applicable laws, and the other requirements of the parties. It generally encompasses contract planning, contract designing, contract drafting, contract negotiation, contract modification, contract administration, use of best practices, contract close-out, contract assessment, lessons learned activities, and other similar items. 

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Contracts management can help to improve contractual performance, reduce contractual risk, improve customer/provider satisfaction, and enhance the contractual economics for the following types of entities: (1) sellers of products; (2) purchasers of products; (3) services providers; (4) purchasers of services; (5) licensors or licensees of software, technology, and processes; and (6) the parties to other types of agreements.  

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For example, here are just some of the types of contracts that are appropriate for professional contract management by reviewing, analyzing, red-lining, planning, designing, drafting, executing, amending, administering, applying best practices, closing-out, terminating, and assessing/score-carding:

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(1) For the Seller - - One-way & bilateral NDAs; teaming agreements; binding & non-binding letters of intent; memorandums of agreement/understanding; joint cooperation agreements; strategic alliance agreements, partnering agreements; services agreements; consulting agreements; environmental services agreements, business process outsourcing agreements; IT outsourcing agreements; products agreements; master agreements with individual work orders; statements of work; seller's terms & conditions of sale; assignment agreements; and subcontracts.

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(2) For the Buyer - - One-way & bilateral NDAs; teaming agreements; binding & non-binding letters of intent; memorandums of agreement/understanding, joint cooperation agreements; strategic alliance agreements; partnering agreements, services agreements; consulting agreements; products agreements; master agreements with individual work orders; statements of work; buyer's terms & conditions of purchase; assignment agreements; subcontracts; sourcing documents; requests for information/quotes/proposals; and preferred provider partnering programs/agreements.

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(3) For the [Software] Licensor - -   One-way & bilateral NDAs; beta test agreements; evaluation agreements;  end user agreements; shrink wrap/click wrap agreements; pure reseller agreements; integrator agreements; value added reseller agreements; OEM agreements; ASP/SaaS agreements; support agreements; maintenance agreements; training agreements; software consulting services agreements; lease of a license agreements; source code license agreements; escrow agreements; technology transfer agreements; and patent/know-how licenses.

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(4) For the [Software] Licensee - - One-way & bilateral NDAs; beta test agreements; evaluation agreements;  end user agreements; shrink wrap/click wrap agreements; pure reseller agreements; integrator agreements; value added reseller agreements; OEM agreements; ASP/SaaS agreements; support agreements; maintenance agreements; training agreements; software consulting services agreements; lease of a license agreements; source code license agreements; escrow agreements; technology transfer agreements; and patent/know-how licenses.

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(5) Any other type of Agreement.

 Effective contracts management needs to have the following four foundational aspects:  (1) centralized storage; (2) controlled access; (3) automated notifications; and (4) scalability.

 

 

I believe that to apply effective contracts management one must identify potential problems / risks and then prevent those problems from occuring by: (1) being proactive; (2) exercising discernment; (3) doing the right thing; and  (4) being persistent.

 

JOHNNY'S RULES OF THE ROAD:

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT  IN THE EVENT THE CLIENT REQUESTED CONSULTING ASSIGNMENT FOR "CON-TRACTS.COM CONSULTING" INVOLVES TRADITIONAL BUSINESS-RELATED CONTRACTS MANAGER TYPE ACTIVITIES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE THE LEGAL SERVICES OF A TEXAS ATTORNEY, THEN THAT EFFORT WOULD BE PERFORMED BY "CON-TRACTS.COM CONSULTING" (A SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP).  SEE: CON-TRACTS.COM .  IN THIS TYPE OF WORK NON-LEGAL CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT COULD BE CONSIDERED AS A SUBSET OF THE LARGER NON-LEGAL CONSULTING AREA OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. WHEN I SERVE IN THE  CON-TRACTS MANAGER ROLE I HOLD A MANTLE OF ETHICAL DUTIES JUST AS HIGH AS THOSE DUTIES REQUIRED BY THE APPLICABLE TEXAS ETHICAL RULES FOR PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT  FOR TEXAS ATTORNEYS.

 

HOWEVER, IN THE EVENT THE REQUESTED WORK REQUIRES THE LEGAL SERVICES OF A TEXAS ATTORNEY, THEN  "THE JOHN E. MILLER LAW OFFICE" WOULD PERFORM SUCH LEGAL SERVICES. SEE: HTTP://WWW.JOHNNYATTORNEY.COM .  SUCH LEGAL SERVICES ARE LIMITED TO TEXAS CLIENTS.

 

DIFFERENT HOURLY RATES APPLY FOR PURELY BUSINESS-RELATED CONTRACT MANAGEMENT SERVICES AS COMPARED TO PURELY LEGAL SERVICES. SOMETIMES IT IS DIFFICULT TO ALLOCATE CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT SERVICES TIME VS. LEGAL SERVICES TIME, HOWEVER REASONABLE EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO FAIRLY ALLOCATE THE BILLABLE HOURS BETWEEN THESE TWO AREAS.

 

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