Posted: August 27, 2007
Some lessons I’ve learned from working with prime contractors.
- Never sign a ‘final’ copy of a contract without comparing it with the ‘draft’ copy that you’d agreed with the prime,
- Stick exactly to the scope of your contract,
- Don’t make any comments, positive or negative regarding anything outside the scope of your contract,
- If you’re selling software as well as services, get payment for the software before you do any work on a project,
- Never go outside the scope of your contract even if the prime has made the whole project fail,
- If you hire anyone onto your team, make sure you get them to sign a non-compete clause to prevent them trying to go around you.
Reading this list, it all sounds pretty negative. If I’d had anything positive to say about working with a prime contractor, it’d be here!