What could Business learn from Startups?

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What could Business learn from Startups?

In Agile organisations, external partners are often treated as suppliers instead of partners, not recognising the opportunities they could potentially bring to their teams. In faster changing and complex environments, it will become a competitive advantage for companies to have fast access to an ecosystem of trusted partners with matching values and a fast contribution to goals. Join us this Friday as Mirko Kleiner will discuss what businesses could learn from startups in how they work with external suppliers.

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Slides from my Speech "Success Factor Agile" from Agile Bodensee Conference, Konstanz/Germany

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Slides from my Speech "Success Factor Agile" from Agile Bodensee Conference, Konstanz/Germany

Approximately 60-90% of all sales are in the hands of procurement, which is a key success factor for companies. At the moment, digitization is taking place, especially in the area of imple procurement. However, the latest study by the University of St. Gallen shows that there is no recipe for the effective procurement of complex products and services. Does agility offer a solution? - It is about billions and thus nothing less than the survival of suppliers and customers!

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3D-Printed Aircraft Engine - Is your Procurement as agile?

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3D-Printed Aircraft Engine - Is your Procurement as agile?

This week GE released this great GIF of its 1,300-horsepower advanced turboprop (ATP) engine in which more than one-third of the components have been built through additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. The company is showing off its creation in real life at this week's big air show in Oshkosh, WI. In other words hardware development is getting more and more agile, is your procurement as agile?

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Does the RfP Process need a MAJOR Upgrade - Episode 3: RfP 3.0 'Request for Participation'

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Does the RfP Process need a MAJOR Upgrade - Episode 3: RfP 3.0 'Request for Participation'

Looking back in the history of the RfI/RfP process we see, that it’s source was developed in another time at the end of the 19th century. Of course the new channels like phone, email, web, etc. allowed new possibilities and increased efficiency. However the core of the process stayed nearly the same. Do we may be need a major upgrade after almost 120 years?

Lets have a look at the RfP 3.0, the request for participation and how this improves competitive advantage of buyers and suppliers.

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Does the RfP Process need a major Upgrade? - Episode 2: The Facts

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Does the RfP Process need a major Upgrade? - Episode 2: The Facts

Looking back in the history of the RfI/RfP process we see, that it’s source was developed in another time at the end of the 19th century. Of course the new channels like phone, email, web, etc. allowed new possibilities and increased efficiency. However the core of the process stayed nearly the same. Do we may be need a major upgrade after almost 120 years?

Lets have a look at some interesting facts and experiences  from the field handling complex tenders with the classic RfP process.

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Does the RfP Process need a major Upgrade? - Episode 1: The History

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Does the RfP Process need a major Upgrade? - Episode 1: The History

Looking back in the history of the RfI/RfP process we see, that it’s source was developed in another time at the end of the 19th century. Of course the new channels like phone, email, web, etc. allowed new possibilities and increased efficiency. However the core of the process stayed nearly the same and struggles with increased demands of complex orders. Do we may be need a major upgrade after almost 120 years?

Lets first look back in history, how it come to the todays RfP Process.

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Success Story POCathon@CSS Insurance - A Participative Evaluation in just 3 days

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Success Story POCathon@CSS Insurance - A Participative Evaluation in just 3 days

If you're wondering how a big room evaluation day (Step 3 of 4 in lean-agile procurement)  could look like read this awesome interview with Konrad and Dominik about their custom implementation at CSS Insurance called "POCathon". CSS is one of the largest health insurers in Switzerland. For there complex evaluation of a software service provider they've invited 4 providers and put them all together in one room for 3 days. At the end of these 3 days they were able to decide with whom of the service provider they will continue agile delivery at the next day!

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Going Digital, Procurement in Kanton Zug

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Going Digital, Procurement in Kanton Zug

Repeating last year’s very successful event, CIPS-Switzerland is teaming up with the Technologie Forum Zug and the Economic Promotion team of the Kanton Zug for this special Procurement & Supply Chain (P&SC) event. Speakers include leaders from companies with regional or global headquarters in the Canton around the theme of “Going Digital, flowdays took place with a booth to represent the disruptive approach lean-agile procurement.

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Good Practice in procurement of business Services & Results of the Performance Excellence Study 2016

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Good Practice in procurement of business Services & Results of the Performance Excellence Study 2016

The conference about good practice in procurement of business Services in Bern, organized by procure.ch and University of St. Gallen (UNISG) Research Institute for Logistics Management brought together an amazing group of pan-european/-industry procurement experts. The UNISG presented their Results of the Performance Excellence Study 2016 and the top performer an open and honest insight about their current state in procurement. I really hope this kind of event will be continued!

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How Karlstad Hospital accomplished Objectives through Partnering and Agile Contracts

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How Karlstad Hospital accomplished Objectives through Partnering and Agile Contracts

Karlstad Hospital has procured new construction and extension in order to conduct effective care with a budget of about €105 million. The new construction was built on time, on budget and was ready for business on Day 1. The hospital has also saved Värmland County Council €300 million. The secret?-Agile contracts, partnering and fully focusing on the target. So what created the conditions for success? We interviewed Lars Nilsson, the Head of Procurement at Karlstad Hospital.

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1st Survey: State of Agile Procurement

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1st Survey: State of Agile Procurement

It's my pleasure to present the 1st survey "State of Agile Procurement" summarized and translated from the German, Source: Komus : Kurzstudie Agiler Einkauf (2017).
My key learning of the survey is that lean-agile procurement is leading edge and might become the option to disrupt the procurement industry. Nevertheless the transformation is still at the very beginning.

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