Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. It tackles universal public procurement issues and on its website you will find articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, community notices, discussion trails and news stories. Some are country-specific, others global.

Stories this week ...

How to Buy Agile Development & Agile Consulting Services

Agile development is a hot topic today, given the pace of technological and social change. Public sector organisations have recognised its value as a replacement for traditional software development models like waterfall. But while the appreciation for agile has been firmly established, procuring agile services is another matter. Public Spend Forum and agile procurement expert Jonathan Mostowski provide an overview of agile development and agile consulting and a discussion of how these items can best be procured through government contracting. Watch the recording here.

7 Competency Areas That Will Take Your Procurement Organisation to the Next Level 

Because government procurement requires a good deal of knowledge, from government-specific requirements to understanding the purchasing process, there are a lot of procurement competency areas to perfect. Public Spend Forum has broken down some of the areas you’ll want to focus on and grow your knowledge. Here’s a quick roundup of:

  • The Public Procurement Workforce Competency Model
  • Why development is important for procurement professionals
  • The seven different competency areas and what they mean

And in other news ...

New Guidance To Help Member States Run Joint Defence Procurements 

Procurement Must Favour Lowest Carbon not Lowest Cost

Devolve Financial Control from Westminster

Why Would a Startup or SME Bid for a Share of the Government's £7b Technology Spend?

Embedding Social Values in Government Procurement



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