Monday, 31 March 2014

Russian Sanctions – Implications for the procurement and supply chain community?

Authored by Richard Hogg

So, the sanctions finally take hold…

Now, not wanting to get stuck into a twitter-book-sphere trend on whether this is specifically appropriate or commensurate in this instance, the informal comments by my colleagues whilst brewing tea have been surrounding general implications of sanctions. What does this mean across the buy-side and sell-side communities, specifically for the good procurement and supply chain folk out there?

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Shotgun Training – (Part 4 “Don’t take your shotgun to town”)

Authored by John Shaw

Today’s the big day! We have done the leg work and it is time for us to propose a training plan for our sourcing organization. Now that we are armed with actionable data, we can put down the idea of trying to train everyone on all sourcing skills and take a focused approach.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Shotgun Training (Part 3 – “Understanding your current skill state")

Authored by John Shaw

In our last post we discussed defining the target skills for our training program via a Skills Grid. In this post we are going to bring more color to the conversation by determining who already has which skills. We will do this in a way that will set us up to prioritize skill development against our business needs.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Shotgun Training (Part 2 – “Creating a new target”)

Authored by John Shaw

Read part 1 here

In skeet shooting, the shotgun pellets can spread to cover an area a large as 40 square inches at 40 yards out (thanks Google). The clay target is most commonly about 4 inches wide and 1 inch tall. So by my non-scientific reckoning, even when a shot is dead on at 40 yards out, 36 square inches of the shotgun shell’s content does not hit the target. That’s 90% of its content wasted.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Shotgun Training (Part 1)

Authored by John Shaw

I think most of us have heard of a shotgun wedding, but how many of you have heard of the shotgun approach to training?

Monday, 10 March 2014

What is Change Management?

Authored by John Shaw

Today we begin answering the first of a series of questions on change management seen through the lens of the Supply Management profession. Each article in this series will be based upon a tutorial by Prosci®, The World Leader in Change Management Research. You can find our first article here.

Prosci® defines change management as follows:

Thursday, 6 March 2014

“…the role of the CPO remains one that is focused on Change Management..”

Authored by John Ryan Shaw 
“While the CPO role continues to evolve, for many enterprises, the role of the CPO remains one that is focused on Change Management – changing the way the business buys things”*

The parallels between the evolution of the Sourcing and Change Management professions continue to fascinate me. Both are rapidly evolving disciplines that are increasingly recognized as core competencies within today’s business environments, they both focus on business transformation and ROI, and they both offer a rich set of tools and best practices for a professional to draw from.

Monday, 3 March 2014

On Adoption tools, processes, concepts and Tricks…

Authored by John Ryan Shaw

“If I have a penny and you have a penny, and we share pennies, we each have one penny. But if you have an idea, and I have an idea, and we share, then we each have two ideas” - Unknown