Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week. If you find anything interesting, please click through to the full article:

Public Procurement Podcast no. 23 - Mari Ann Simovart 

The latest in Dr Pedro Telles' series of public procurement podcasts features Mari Ann Simovart from the University of Tartu in Estonia. For her PhD, Mari Ann looked into Article 72 of Directive 2014/24/EU and limitations to contract modifications, which is the focus of this conversation. This is one of the legal issues that most often arises in day-to-day management of public contracts. Under the new regulations, the Commission has tried to define more precisely what contract modifications are allowed and what are not, as Mari Ann Simovart explains ...

Waterfall and Agile Software Development - Implications for Contracting Approaches

IT spend is one category that is sometimes hard to understand -- unless you are a deep technical expert. In recent years, many organisations, including public sector bodies, have started talking about and using what is called the “agile” process for software development, rather than the traditional “waterfall”. Understanding the difference between the approaches, and then working out what that means in terms of contracts and commercial approaches, is not easy for many procurement generalists. So law firm Bond Dickinson has produced a very clear and useful article explaining that. We take a look.

Waterfall and Agile Software Development – Implications for Contracting Approaches (Part 2)

Having described the differences in approach between agile and waterfall in part 1, the article looks at the implications from a contracting and legal point of view. Lawyers working on the procurement side generally see agile contracting to be riskier for the buyer that the traditional approach, for a number of reasons. But it goes on to suggest how that risk can be mitigated -- and a lot of this is simply down effective programme management. The article goes into detail and is a very worthwhile read.

Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – Negotiations Hitting The Rocks?

The TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) talks have failed, according to the German Economics Minister last week, who said that the free trade deal forged between the EU and Canada was fairer for both sides. During a question-and-answer session in Berlin he said that “the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it”. However, the EU chief negotiator said that news of TTIP's demise was "greatly exaggerated". We discuss why, if free and open trade is going to win the battle, its proponents need to get much better at explaining the benefits.

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