Part One - Overview



What is meant by partnering?
How is Framework Programme Six different?
What are the responsibilities of a partner?
What are the major risks?
How do you set up an effective consortium?


Finding Partners

Managing expectations

Making the commitment

Getting started


Final checklist

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Risk of conflict

Being pulled in two directions

Commercial sensibilities

Losing the support of the Commission

Risk of failure

Agreement over detail

Visible effort

A second factor that can contribute to failure is development work that takes place behind closed doors. Some organisations are actually very good at taking away a specification, remaining silent for six months and returning on the day of the deadline with perfect results. It is not an approach to be encouraged, however. A variety of tools are available to improve communication, including regular progress reports, meaningful milestones and encouragement of informal and social interaction between members of the project team.

Controlling enthusiasm