It could read like a shopping list. A well thought out list that you do before you hit the shop.more
Difrent ran their first Unconference yesterday bringing together an eclectic group of public and private sector bods to discuss the challenge of digital delivery using outcomes; an event dubbed #AgileP.
A cracking event space was secured at National Archives, well worth others looking at this for similar events, the auditorium holds 100, an adjoining room for a further 35 and lots of sofa snugs for breakout groups.
I was keen we ran this session as an Unconference, and that we secured the ‘unconference legend’ Janet Hughes to help us on our way. For about 50% of our attendees, it was their first Unconference! It was great to see them in action during the day, fabulous energy from start to finish!
I opened up and talked about the challenges we have in being held accountable for delivery when the method of delivery is not within our gift. I was delighted a member of the public had opted to join us having heard the horizon podcast (Mark Chillingworth) on this subject last year. He was really wanting to understand how the public was getting VFM from our procurement practices, a fair comment we all agreed.
We had some great pitches to kick off the day and settled on 10 break out groups covering the following topics;
I jumped into one of the first sessions on culture and how do we drive this change. Fabulous debate spanning discussions around;
Listening in on other sessions during the day my takeaways were expanded further to include:
So in response to Janet’s question; ‘it feels a little like progress, at the very least momentum’ and a commitment from me to get out and have a look at how procurement works over the next 12 weeks, attend some events in their world, talk to more procurement people, maybe even host a meet up — action not words methinks!
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At the recent #AgileP event, we discussed the need for a two-way learning journey — involving Digital AND Procurement.more