Can’t We Just Blame Bureaucracy?
The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on how both bureaucracy and supply chains react to black swan events.
The results staggered across a spectrum of situational circumstances and legal constraints; leaving the best of bureaucrats and supply chain experts trying to catch their breath over the last year and a half.
Read about public procurement’s response to COVID-19 in this NASPO White Paper.
Job duties have never been expanded in a bureaucracy as they have in the response to the ongoing pandemic, and that kind of bandwidth weight just isn’t sustainable long term. How can procurement officials continue to deliver? Can’t we just blame bureaucracy?
Have no fear, Pulse is here.
Take these principles of project management and apply them to each of your procurements, they are projects.
Principle 1: Define the mission and scope of your project
Take it from this project manager, the conversations you will have with stakeholders about their needs from a procurement aid in clarifying what the end deliverable is. I cannot stress this enough, defining what a project’s mission and scope are NOT, is just as defining as what it is.
Clearly outline what the deliverable should be, and what it should not be as a group
Write it down
Hold the line on what is expected