There is of course a major training initiative for DPA staff
to ensure that they understand the basis of the Smart
Procurement approach. Peter also mentioned that a
three level process guide is being developed, based on
the previous DERA System Engineering process work.
One thing that has yet to be fully explored is the question
of how industrial competition is maintained within the
Integrated Project Teams that are part of the Smart
Procurement approach. Peter made it clear that not only
was there much to do to detail the working processes,
but that there was also many more new ideas to explore
expressed as ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’.
A lively question and answer session followed the
presentation. Allan Levenson of the BAe Sowerby
Research Centre proposed the vote of thanks for what
was an interesting and thought provoking presentation.
Despite the obvious focus on Defence Procurement there
was much that would be of interest to commercial
enterprises, and probably civil infrastructure
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