Given a negotiating life cycle that includes preplanning, formal planning, performing the negotiation, and post negotiation review, this paper is oriented toward project team members without formal negotiation training that are looking for easy-to-follow “guideposts” to pre-plan and get ready for negotiations with vendors, business unit representatives, and other project stakeholders. The guidepost, or checklist, items are meant to serve as: a “mental launching pad” for an upcoming negotiation or as an organizer for the planning of a larger full-blown negotiation.

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