Blog Revisit: Crossing the Acquisition Package Finish Line

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The original version of this blog was posted Aug. 5, 2014, written by Patricia Miller. Now, two years later, one of Integrity’s program managers, Dan Altobelli, revisits the ever-relevant topic. Read on for some industry standards from Patricia, and some updated must-dos from Dan. Even though it’s the dog days of summer in the “real world,” […]

Create Synergy to Bridge the Gap Between Contract and Program Managers

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Have you ever wondered why you cannot seem to get the right team together in order to complete your major project?  Does it seem that you are going in one direction and the other teaming partner, whether it’s the Contracting Officer or the Program Manager, seems to be going in a different direction or has […]

Tricks or Treats? Depends on Cost Benefit Analyses

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As you probably observed weekend, maximizing treats and minimizing tricks is a primary objective of the annual Halloween ritual; as is the case when making decisions. A properly performed Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) maximizes the high value information you take in and minimize the low value information to increase the odds of making sound decisions, which […]

What Is Quality and How Is It Achieved In a Service Environment – Part Two

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In Part I of my blog, I discussed the need to be able to measure performance to ensure  the product performs as required and processes are functioning properly to correct prior deficiencies.  I teed up the challenges associated with measuring performance in a service environment with the simple example of a restaurant dining experience.  The issue […]

What Is Quality and How Is It Achieved In a Service Environment? – Part One

“Quality” may be one of the more over-used and least-thought-about words in our business vernacular.  We’ve gone through cycles where we used different terms to characterize our attempts to “do” quality better.  Remember Total Quality Management?  How about the focus on ISO 9000?  And more recently, “Six Sigma,” “Lean,” and “Agile” have emerged as concepts […]

Seven Steps to Implement Standardization in Contract Management

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If you want to make your contract management more efficient and see greater returns on your investment of time and effort, standardization could be the solution you’re looking for. Contract management systems and technologies, standardized contract language, templates, best practices, and lessons learned can yield positive, measurable results in effectively and efficiently crafting, administering and […]

How Standardization Can Improve Contract Management

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Can you think of a time when you said to yourself, “there’s got to be a better way to do this?” I know I can. We’re always looking for ways to make our business practices and our lives more efficient. Standardization provides an answer. It can help increase productivity and efficiency by defining expectations, formalizing […]

EVM – Have You Communicated Its Value to Acquisition and Project Management?

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Being able to efficiently and effectively diagnose the health of an organization’s portfolio of contracts takes time and persistence. Earned Value Management (EVM), a project management technique for measuring project performance and progress, makes it possible. However, those in the federal sector, including EVM experts, need to do more to communicate its value for increased […]

Acquisition Workforce Training – Rethink Your Approach

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Facing an aging workforce, the question of how to train the next generation of acquisition professionals is a challenge that federal leaders and industry managers have yet to solve. The need for training is great, but budgets and time are often limited. Senior government procurement executives and practitioners say agencies have cut training dollars even […]

WHY CPIC Matters More than Ever to Cybersecurity

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Federal CIOs are on the hot seat over cybersecurity after the revelation that the personal information of 4.2 million current and former federal employees was hacked. US Chief Information Officer (CIO) Tony Scott said this week that agencies need to rethink how they fund cybersecurity. Scott said funding should not be an overall percentage of […]