Strategic Sourcing Learns From Spinal Tap

As a consultant, I've always found it humorous how every large organization or services firm seems to have its own five, seven or nine step sourcing process (ten steps just does not have the right ring to it, I guess). But some go into even greater detail, breaking into the double digits with their individualized sourcing models. Strategic Sourcing Europe's Jean-Phillippe Masin recently linked to the UK government's 15-step -- yes, you saw that correct --strategic sourcing process. Hmmm ... this is beginning to sound a bit like Spinal Tap: “Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder ... [Pause] These go to eleven.”

Maybe fifteen steps really is the magic number. After all, I agree that a "risk allocation model" and "implementation / transition" are worthy of their own category. Still, I can’t help but recall that great ode to metal when thinking of it: "You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where? ... I don't know ... Nowhere. Exactly ... What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do ... Put it up to eleven.” Or fifteen.

Jason Busch

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