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 […]

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 […]

AGILE ACQUISITION SUPPORT: REAL-WORLD CONSIDERATIONS

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Since 2001, software developers have used the Agile methodology, employing short sprints and cross-team collaboration, to bring products to market faster with earlier customer input. Others have begun to apply the tenets of Agile beyond IT to the general field of acquisition. Why?  To speed results, lower risk, and benefit from lessons learned throughout the […]

Use the “A” Team for Integrated Acquisition Planning

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Does this sound familiar? Mission and business owners define their requirements, “throw them over the fence”, and then the contracting and contractor community conduct activities to obtain and deliver the contracted solutions. But what about rapid changes in technology, short development time frames, reduced budgets, or greater complexity? These risks in execution lead to schedule […]

Ready, Set, Go… Cross the Acquisition Package Finish Line by Fiscal Year End

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This is sprinting season for any acquisition professional working on completing acquisition packages, negotiating offers and awarding the proposals. Contracting Officers (COs) should be proactive in doing all that needs to be done to ensure the requirements are awarded in a timely fashion. While each agency has its own internal policies and regulations, there are […]

The Double Down Strategy of Contract Management Risk

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In blackjack, there is a strategy known as doubling down, in which players double their bet to get one more card in addition to their two card hand. Doubling down increases players’ chances of winning, just like risk management increases the chances of success during a contract’s lifecycle. Risk is an inevitable part of any […]

Three R’s of Acquisition Reform

Acquisition Reform – Industry experts have compared it to Groundhog Day and a complicated system of pendulums shifting between priorities.  The descriptions may differ but one thing most agree on is that with federal acquisition becoming ever more complex, fixing it isn’t getting any easier.  In fact, Frank Kendall, the Under Secretary of Defense for […]

How Integrated Product Teams Can Improve Performance and Save Money

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In this time of tight budgets and mandates to do more or the same with less, the need for innovation through greater communication and cooperation is greater than ever.   The intelligent use of Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) that foster an organizational climate of cross-functional collaboration can drive innovation throughout your processes. This is accomplished by […]