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Chapter 20. Selecting a Consultant for H... > Reasons to Hire a Consultant

Reasons to Hire a Consultant

An advantage of hiring an expert is that you can get an objective opinion from someone essentially without an agenda—someone whose only stake in the outcome of your project is your success. Insiders can have their own agenda, whether it is political or just being busy with their day-to-day jobs.

Some outsiders can have an agenda, in terms of bringing in as many resources as they can, whether you need the extra bodies or not. Vendors with dollar signs in their eyes can fall into this category, and should be managed carefully. The rule of thumb is to define your own direction, or hire an independent who can help you, then look for vendors who can play a defined and carefully bounded role.


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