Thursday, January 03, 2013

A Procurement Transformation Isn't Complete If...

I hope that you have enjoyed the article "True Procurement Transformations, Part II."

In my last blog commentary on this Procurement Transformation series, I differentiated between procurement transformations and procurement tweaking.  That got me thinking about an experience I had a little over a year ago.

Just as my book, "The Procurement Game Plan:  Winning Strategies and Techniques for Supply Management Professionals," was about to be published, we sought thought leaders to preview the book and provide testimonials to be printed on the back cover.  We had some wonderful people contribute!

However, there was one person whose feedback we couldn't use.  Don't get me wrong, she gave great feedback.  But there was one sentence in her testimonial that said something like "there are some concepts covered in this book that are a little basic."

I don't deny that the book covers a few fundamental processes that every procurement department should employ.  However, I felt that these fundamental processes should absolutely be included.


Because, despite their foundational nature, there are a great many procurement departments out there that have not employed them, and aren't performing optimally as a result!  What's ironic is that this person giving the feedback hadn't even implemented all of the very processes that she was dubbing basic!

So, don't tell me that you've completed a procurement transformation if you really haven't.  In my mind, a procurement transformation isn't complete if you don't have all of the fundamentals implemented, regardless of how advanced some of your processes are.

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer - Next Level Purchasing Association
Author - The Procurement Game Plan
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