Past Presentations and Publications
Procurement: Law, Trends, and States Working Together,
part of a panel presentation at the
2017 ABA Public Contract Law Fall Meeting, November
2-4, 2017 in Louisville KY.
from the Dark Side, Rocky Mountain Governmental
Purchasing Association, September 8, 2017. This
one-hour discussion used my private attorney experience
to highlight practices that public procurement
professionals can use to mitigate the chances of
successful bid protests and contract claims.
to Practice: Learning from Great Procurement Teams
at the NIGP Forum in Salt Lake City, August 28-30, 2017.
Teams are the life blood of
organizations. Procurement professionals can learn and
practice the disciplines of effective teams to help
their own teams succeed. Learning is one of those team
disciplines. Richard Pennington spent almost three
years story-spotting, looking at excellent procurement
teams and the team disciplines they displayed. His
book, Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great
Procurement Teams! Identified 10 essential team
disciplines and five principles of effective team
leadership. This interactive session explored one of the
disciplines: team learning. This interactive session
went beyond team learning tools like after-action
reviews. It explored a practical learning model that
can be used for self-managed learning, training
development and delivery, and for assessing others’
Legal Aspects in
Public Procurement: Revisited, NIGP Forum,
August 28, 2017.
One of NIGP’s foundation
courses is Legal Aspects in Public Procurement. This
interactive session provided a space for attendees to
recent legal developments
in a supplement to the textbook,
Legal Aspects in Public Purchasing, used as a
framework. The session covered legal issues in requests
for proposals and cooperative procurement. The
interactive session gave attendees a chance to clarify
legal concepts in the textbook and learn learned in the
course and learn about key legal aspects of procurement
Co-author with Jason Soza,
Alaska State Procurement Officer, of
Five Pillars of Procurement Excellence,
July 2017. This article describes awards in the
major procurement/contracting associations—NASPO, NIGP, NPI, NAEP, and NCMA—that frame excellence in
procurement and contracting teams.
Procurement Teaming in NIGP's Virtual Classroom,
LinkedIn Pulse, July 19, 2017.
Mentoring & Creativity,
magazine, June/July 2017. Story about the Rocky
Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association.
from the Dark Side, Alaska-Hawaii Governmental
Procurement Association, July 14, 2017.
Two Faces of Negotiation in Public Procurement,
Public Spend Forum, June 20, 2017.
(Scrum OR Kanban OR Agile OR Waterfall) AND (Procurement
OR Breach), LinkeIn Pulse, May 31, 2017.
Description of new Agile iterative delivery methods and
implications for procurement professionals.
Luncheon keynote speaker,
Seeing Excellence in Procurement Teams: Laboratories of
Leadership at the Georgia
Procurement Conference on Jekyll Island GA, April 28,
Teams are laboratories for developing leaders. From a
procurement process improvement team creating tools for
better project management, to school procurement
professionals' use of mentoring for professional
development, the study of teams is a path to developing
leadership potential. This presentation showed
showed how outstanding teams portray essential team
disciplines and principles of effective team leadership. Read about
my observations about the conference here.
Blended Learning and Mentoring in Cobb County School
District, Government Procurement magazine,
Presented April 4th on
cooperative procurement and federal grants at the
Arizona State University inaugural course on public
procurement and supply management. This is a
collaboration with NASPO Procurement U aimed at
increasing the courses offered in our field by higher
Focus on Change: San Diego County's Customer-Focused
Realignment, Government Procurement
magazine, February/March 2017.
and Change: Learn from the Stars! at the California
Association of Public Procurement Officials conference
in Napa CA, January 25, 2017. Risk and change management
are close cousins. This presentation illustrated
the models with public procurement examples, including
the San Diego County customer-focused organizational
Helping Sourcing Teams Plan Backwards and Plan Ahead,
Government Procurement magazine, January/February
2017. The first article of a series featuring state and
local governments achieving excellence in teams.