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Topic Teasers Vol. 49: Working Government Contracts

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: I’m a PMP and an experienced project manager, but I just landed a great job in a government agency. We are working out procurement contracts, and I must admit that I’ve never heard of most of these contract name types they are throwing around. Does the government do different contracts that those we were taught in our training?
A. Within the federal agencies there is one sole source for tangible goods and a second for people who might be subcontracted into jobs on a project-by-project basis. These sources are reconsidered every four years. Depending where you are in the cycle, you will either use the source already in place or you may have a voice in choosing the next source.
B. The federal and state governments each make their own rules about procurement. There is no common thread of how it is done; therefore, if your project spans several states you will need a separate purchasing agreement and supply source for each state.
C. Government projects are run in exactly the same way that other projects operate under the supervision of a PMP, so check the version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) from the year you were certified to see what procurement guidelines you should follow.
D. There are some general ways you can learn in which government contracting differs from traditional private sector contracts, but check the details with your agency as laws and agency practices differ from year to year. You may have to make small adjustments in your practices as new rules are legislated.
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Agile Methodology applied for Government Projects II

by Rogerio Ribeiro
August 13, 2013 | 45:19 | Views: 106 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.93 / 7

The Government Community in collaboration with the International Development Community are pleased to present a joint webinar for our subscribers on Agile Methodology applied for Government Projects: A Case Study from from the State of Minas Gerais Brazil.

Using Agile in a Govt Contract Environment

by Peter Borsella
May 13, 2010 | 65:33 | Views: 531 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.57 / 7

Starting with an explanation of what it means to be Agile, we'll then move through an overview of the specific Agile practice of Scrum, we will explore how working in a government contract environment is different from other forms of work and how, if at all, Agile practices can be applied. Some of these differences we'll discuss include documentation expectations, projects that are not restricted to software development, and Earned Value Management. We'll also review some of the developments in government agencies leaning towards agile practices, and reserve time for question.

Agile Planning and Performance Metrics for Government Projects.

by Latonyia Vaughn, Dave Scott
January 16, 2013 | 52:48 | Views: 232 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.39 / 7

The Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 25 Point IT Management Reform Plan requires agencies utilize an iterative, or Agile, project management methodology and that all projects should result in working business functionality in 6 months or less. However, the OMB also requires the development of a performance measurement baseline and that cost, schedule, and technical performance metrics are tracked. This informative webinar will review the OMB requirements as well as how to plan Government Agile projects and implement EVM.

Governments Need to Create PMOs to Achieve Results

by Dennis Bolles
September 01, 2011 | 60:27 | Views: 256 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.28 / 7

In his presentation, Dennis will address the following questions: Why are Government Project Management Offices (PMOs) needed ? Why is Project Business Management (PBM) the right sustainability solution? How is a sustainable PBMO created? What are the values and benefits of a PBMO?

Workforce Analytics - Applied to Project Management in Govt

by Dr. Gregory Richards
June 16, 2014 | 59:03 | Views: 165 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.56 / 7

Our speaker (Dr. Gregory Richards) will present to you his latest research on Workforce Analytics applied to Project Management in Government.Managing the HR element in projects adds the complexity of continual “on-boarding” and “off-boarding” of project staff. On the other hand, performance information is often more readily available than in non-project environments as a result of the discipline imposed by milestone management. The session will examine application of “Big Data” techniques to the project HR environment. Recruitment: leverage historical data to create profiles of well-performing project resources. Managing performance: objectively identify the most efficient producers & identify ways of moving the entire team to the “efficient frontier.” Prediction: forecast likely attrition based on “nearest-neighbour” techniques.

Benchmarking Your HR Technology Roadmap: A Govt Case Study

by Kristie Evans
July 14, 2014 | 67:44 | Views: 119 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.67 / 7

How do you make decisions on Human Resources technology? Considered the great enabler of workforce analytics, workforce decision making, and talent acquisition and management - your choice of HR technology needs to be planned via a technology roadmap. Learn how a billion dollar government agency designed a project to build their HRIT Roadmap and the best practices and lessons learned from benchmarking with other Fortune 1000 companies.

PMO development at a government client sector

by Ahed Zarzar
April 24, 2013 | 66:54 | Views: 131 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.25 / 7

This Webinar will discuss the challenges that the project management practice is facing while setting up and implementing PMO in the government sector of Saudi Arabia. The webinar will explain those challenges from the experience and view of several OPM3 assessments.

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