Meeting by Phone? 10 Basics for Better Project Management Teleconferences

We’ve all been part of a teleconference, with some people in the room and others on the phone. Dialing in, it can be difficult to hear, or follow the proceedings, or make ourselves heard. In the room, it can be frustrating when those on the phone fall behind, speak over top of one another, or …

Best Collaboration Tools for Project Teams

Imagine you’re an analyst who has recently joined a project team. Your job duties include generating large, complex program documents on tight deadlines. Producing poor quality deliverables will put your stakeholder’s schedule and budget at risk. You know accomplishing this task will require the input of various team members, many of whom are scattered across …

Market Research for Small Business in a Time of Limited Interaction

Every year the federal government awards contracts worth $100 billion to small businesses, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA).  That makes for a lot of opportunity, but there’s stiff competition to win those contracts.  Relationships, connections and trust are crucial to doing business with the government, advises the SBA on one of its blogs.  …

Does Your Organization’s Roadmap Have Enough Intersections?

In this time of tight budgets and mandates to do more or the same with less, the need for innovation is greater than ever.   This is the case wherever you add value to your organization, including acquisition. Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect, talks about intersections as “the place that ideas from different groups …

Four Ways One Agency Recognizes that CORs Matter

Recently I wrote an article about the significant role that Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) play in the acquisition process flow.  In “Do COR’s Matter in Your Agency? Why they Should,” I advocated the importance of reassuring CORs that they are a valuable force within acquisition teams.  This blog generated some really positive conversations, including with …

4 Ways Acquisition Professionals Should Engage With Industry

Integrity Management Consulting and GovLoop are proud to present a 12-part series called “Conscientious Contracting: A Thoughtful Approach to Acquisition and Program Management,” that aims to address common challenges and achieve new efficiencies in government procurement.  Integrity Matters will bring you occasional posts written by GovLoop’s Andrew Krzmarzick, featuring the expertise of Integrity subject matter experts and …

Smoother Acquisition Sailing – An Argument for Increased Communication

On a trip to San Diego I watched a Navy destroyer slip quietly under the Coronado Bridge.  I remembered a phrase I’ve repeated many times throughout my career as a procurement leader and manager:  “Don’t try to dial up an aircraft carrier in port to the perfect position.  Just get it steaming in the right …

What Social Media Can Teach Us about Government/Industry Exchange

Two years into the “Myth-Busters” campaign by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), there is still a long way to go to improve information exchange between government and industry. How quickly can the federal government change its traditional ways of engaging, and what can we learn from popular social media platforms such as Facebook …

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