Clear project requirements

Leveraging the Seven Laws of Interpretation

By Paul Emanuelli This article is an excerpt from The Art of Tendering: A Global Due Diligence Guide, which is available for purchase. This section discusses how the following seven interpretive principles can help you enhance the structure and content of your procurement [...]

Adopting Professional Editing Practices

By Paul Emanuelli This article is an excerpt from The Art of Tendering: A Global Due Diligence Guide, which is available for purchase. Maintaining consistency in your tendering documents won’t just ensure that your solicitations look and sound professional, but will also ensure [...]

Reconciling Plain Language and Technical Precision

By Paul Emanuelli This article is an excerpt from The Art of Tendering: A Global Due Diligence Guide, which is available for purchase. Using plain language in your contract documents isn’t as easy as it sounds. While plain language advocates argue for using [...]

Big-Firm Bias and State-Sponsored Monopolies

By Paul Emanuelli This article is an excerpt from The Art of Tendering: A Global Due Diligence Guide, which is available for purchase. The now firmly entrenched prohibitions against local supplier preference and contract splitting, coupled with the administrative convenience of managing fewer [...]

US Smart Building Initiatives Lack Benchmarks

By Paul Emanuelli This article is an excerpt from The Art of Tendering: A Global Due Diligence Guide, which is available for purchase. In its January 2018 report entitled GSA Should Establish Goals and Performance Measures to Manage the Smart Buildings Program, the [...]

Funding Shortfall Causes Payroll System Crash

By Paul Emanuelli This article is an excerpt from The Art of Tendering: A Global Due Diligence Guide, which is available for purchase. In its fall 2017 report entitled Report 1—Phoenix Pay Problems, the Auditor General of Canada found serious deficiencies in the [...]

Missing Serial Comma Kills Clarity in $5 Million Claim

By Paul Emanuelli This article is an excerpt from The Art of Tendering: A Global Due Diligence Guide, which is available for purchase. In its March 2017 decision in O’Connor v. Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals – [...]

Ambiguous Numbering Leads to Compliance Dispute

By Paul Emanuelli This article is an excerpt from The Art of Tendering: A Global Due Diligence Guide, which is available for purchase. In its February 2014 decision in Newfoundland and Labrador v. Marine Contractors Ltd., the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court determined [...]