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Rod Linsley

Rod Linsley
Rod is a seasoned Contracts Management and Procurement professional with a senior IT Management background, specialising in ICT contracts

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Rod LinsleySeptember 17, 2019

How to check the viability of your suppliers

Supplier viability can have a significant impact on your business's operations. Find out how to track them, what the warning signs are and how to resolve them. Download our free template tracker.

Rod LinsleySeptember 4, 2019

How to Manage Contract Obligations Compliance

Managing obligations well is critical in order to drive maximum value from contracts. In this article we describe a tested approach and provide a free template to assist you with managing your...

Rod LinsleyAugust 14, 2019

How To Enhance Your Time-to-Contract Process

In this article we demonstrate how to balance a fast time-to-contract with ensuring a high quality agreement at a reasonable cost.

Rod LinsleyAugust 2, 2019

How Proverbial Wisdom Can Help Improve Contract Risk Mitigation

Find out how two well known proverbs can be applied to contract management to guide risk mitigation activities. Includes a free contract summary template for helping to capture the vital contract...

Rod LinsleyJuly 5, 2019

How to conduct a CLM Maturity Assessment

Calculate where your business sits on the Contract Lifecycle Management Maturity Curve using our free templates and guide. Understand the gaps in your process and the steps to take to move up to the...

Rod LinsleyJuly 3, 2019

How to check your return on contracts

How do you know if your contracts are generating value for money? Use our simple framework and apply it to your contracts (including free template).

Rod LinsleyJune 17, 2019

RFP Guide 4 - How to conclude an RFP

The last of four articles on RFPs - here we outline the best way to identify proposals of interest, negotiate with chosen suppliers, debrief unsuccessful suppliers and execute the agreement.

Rod LinsleyJune 14, 2019

RFP Guide 3 - How to evaluate and score supplier proposals

Article 3 in our guide to running RFPs. Here we focus on how the evaluation team should conduct themselves, working closely with suppliers, minimising delays and achieving consistency and reliability...

Rod LinsleyJune 13, 2019

RFP Guide 2 - How to conduct a preliminary review of supplier proposals

Gatekeeper's second article on running effective RFPs - focusing on the initial review of the RFP responses and the supplier presentations.

Rod LinsleyJune 12, 2019

RFP Guide 1 - How to set up an RFP scoring system and release an RFP

Straightforward advice on these initial steps of the RFP process - setting up an RFP scoring system and releasing the RFP. The first in our series of 4 articles about running an effective RFP.

Rod LinsleyMarch 21, 2019

How to turn your Contract Management System requirements specification into an RFP

Running an RFP for a contract management system can be an effective way to ensure the solution you choose is fit for purpose and to ensure you compare different solutions in a systematic way. Here we...

Rod LinsleyNovember 5, 2018

How to Build a High-Performing Contract Management Team for Your Business

What are the key attributes and skills you need for a high-performing contracts management team? Here we recap the desired characteristics, functional skills and critical knowledge required and...

Rod LinsleyOctober 18, 2018

How to Write Requirements for a Contract Management System

Capturing your business's requirements for a contract management solution accurately is vital to make sure you avoid buying the wrong system. This article, along with our free Excel Requirements...

Rod LinsleyAugust 20, 2018

How to review a contract

Reviewing a contract can be a complex process. Read our step-by-step guide, which lays out the five areas to focus on and gives practical advice for each step. Get the maximum value for your...

Rod LinsleyJuly 3, 2018

Why IT Contracts Can Be Hard Work for Contract Managers

Requiring specialist technical knowledge as well as a fundamental grasp of contract management, IT contracts present a complex challenge to any business looking to be successful. Here we explore some...

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