In this case, if successful, the project manager would also sign the final agreement with the client on his own behalf as the main contractor. All other members of the consortium would in turn be subcontractors by the project manager. Therefore, the project manager was 100% responsible for the supply of all the works to be provided under the main contract and was responsible to the client, even though his own contribution was limited to a specific part of that work. In the above case, the work in the pre-protocol agreement ensured that all consortium members were able to follow the “unsurprising” bidding process, with a common vision of how to manage each step of the process, giving the project manager the confidence to meet a tight deadline. Although there were preliminary investments in this process, this ultimately meant that members were organizing properly to meet the deadlines of the tendering process and that they did not present any problems as a result of the offer. Several specific key issues were addressed in the pre-protocol agreement, including: taking into account the time required to prepare a pre-agreement (sometimes called an agreement) governing members` operations during the tendering process can make a significant contribution to facilitating effective communication between consortium members and saving time and money in the long run for all. Preparing a pre-agreement can help members in their planning phase by addressing key issues before the bid date. In particular, it can help them decide on the most effective way to cooperate in order to obtain a tendering procedure and what process should be followed after the tendering process, without the time, effort and money to negotiate and finalize in advance the terms of a more detailed consortium agreement. A prior agreement generally applies only during the period from which members meet for the first time in a consortium to prepare and submit an offer until the consortium`s offer is successful (on that date, the pre-offer agreement would normally be replaced by a more detailed consortium agreement requested for the duration of the project) or unsuccessful (in this case , the consortium`s agreements will disappear).