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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Tools Worth Reading to Spur Innovative Federal IT Acquisition

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In this time of tight budgets and potential loss of global technological superiority, the need for innovation is greater than ever.   As Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics shared with an audience of defense industry leaders recently, “We have to focus more on innovation, and we have to get better capability […]

With A Great Contract Management Plan, The Sky is the Limit

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Your team may have spent hours and hours considering the program management, risk management and quality assurance issues involved in letting a new government contract. But have you pulled the key information about how that contract will be managed into a single plan? A Contract Management Plan (CMP) is one of the primary tools the […]

Gold Plating vs Value Engineering– Recognize the Difference for Smoother Project Management

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You manage or are part of a project and decide to add additional features or functionality to the product or service you provide. You think it will please the customer and make the team look good. But what if it slows the project, adds costs or isn’t what’s needed? There is a proper and an […]

How an Integrated Master Schedule Can Avert Program Management Disaster

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Congratulations! It’s your first day at your new job as a Program Manager (PM). The last few days have been a whirlwind. You got the call from your director that you had been selected to replace the PM for one of the smaller programs in the portfolio. The previous PM had been reassigned and you […]

Is Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) Always The Best Deal?

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In the current fiscal environment, there is an even stronger focus on being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. That is certainly commendable and definitely what is expected by John Q. Public. The recent trend to uphold that trust placed in the Government has been toward awarding contracts on a lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) […]

Fear of the FAR – Is It Getting in the Way of Doing Business?

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Do 1,883 pages of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), comprised of 53 different Parts, dozens of forms, and a correction page feel like something to be feared? Does it keep you from buying what you need to support your agency? Many government decision-makers look at the FAR as a significant obstacle to their acquisitions, but at […]