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Top 10 Reasons For Having A Project Kickoff - Part II
You are about to embark on an important project. Whether the project is software or hardware related, it is a good idea to hold a project kickoff meeting. Don’t

describing x words  But more important is describing to the project team the training that they are to receive. The more details, more insights that you can provide for the training sessions, the more at ease the team will feel. One approach is to comfort them with the number of training days that will be provided. The chart below provides a quick and typical overview as to the days devoted to training for a software implementation project. Anticipated Training Days Course Title Company Attendees Course Duration in Days

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Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) for the Health Care Industry

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