Executive Summary – Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills: the Fundamental Tools of Acquisition Management

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As budgets have constricted and Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, the Federal workforce has become less seasoned and more overburdened, which makes the Government less prepared to handle the intellectual challenges that positions in acquisition management present. This fact, combined with less training in argument, analysis, and critical … [Read more...]

Market Research: Opportunities to Improve Acquisition Outcomes

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Market research is an integral part of the Federal Government’s acquisition process. Market research is intended to provide the Government with information about marketplace capabilities and costs, which can then be used to encourage competition and negotiate pricing. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reviewed market research … [Read more...]

Agile Methodologies and the Federal Acquisition Regulation – Part 3

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This is the third and final article in a 3-article series on integrating Agile methodologies within the context of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This article addresses resources, accountability and tracking issues related to contract administration. This article series is based upon the recently developed TechFAR Handbook for Procuring … [Read more...]

Agile Methodologies and the Federal Acquisition Regulation – Part 2

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This is the second article in a 3-article series on integrating Agile methodologies within the context of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This article focuses on considerations for selecting a contract vehicle and creating the most appropriate contract pricing structure from a Government Agency’s point of view... This article series is … [Read more...]

Agile Methodologies and the Federal Acquisition Regulation

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This is the first article in a 3-article series on integrating Agile methodologies within the context of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This article focuses on the Requirements Development and Acquisition Planning phase of the acquisition lifecycle. Far too often Federal Government digital service projects fall short of their goals for a … [Read more...]