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Welcome to recent news from the project and procurement sectors. You are welcome to share the articles for internal knowledge. Each month articles are shared on The Pro Forum Community LinkedIn page to encourage discussions so do follow https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-proforum

In these articles we cover:

  • Expert subject Matter
  • Legislative Updates that may impact the way you work
  • Member Spotlights
  • Alternative and critical thinking approaches to the delivery of projects and procurement.

Training in Procurement and Contracting vs Project Management

MIA – the missing steps in procurement

April 13, 2021|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – The Pro Forum Community of Practice MIA – the missing steps in procurement Toshihiro Nishiguchi, defined the key steps to continuous strategic sourcing as: Assessment of a company's current spending (what is bought, where, at [...]

How to empower yourself with responsibility.

February 26, 2021|0 Comments

Written by: Karen Fischbach – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   Each workday we take ourselves to our place of work.  Many of us are on autopilot.  The question is, do we take responsibility for what we actually do during the time [...]

Debriefing – more than just for the military

February 26, 2021|0 Comments

Written by: Karen Fischbach – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   Debriefing originated in the military as a live, situational learning tool.  Teams in the field could literally learn on the spot what mistakes were made and why – critical [...]

Succession and Future Leaders

January 29, 2021|0 Comments

Written by: Karen Fischbach – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   Many articles are written about future proofing your business by the succession planning of the workforce – but what about the leadership talent?  It sometimes appears that there are [...]

Are purpose-led tenders the way of the future?

January 28, 2021|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   Evaluating tenders is what leads to a contract in government.  Developing the tender requirements prior to determining the tender criteria is more important as it sets the expectations of [...]

Procurement Management or Project Management

November 19, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd    John Donne famously wrote, “No man is an island.” He could have been talking about a project because projects cannot be completed without drawing from resources outside of the project [...]

An Ethical Australia with Ethical Behaviour

November 18, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   An ethical Australia with ethical behaviour is what we believe to be our current state in general. However on Monday 26 October Q&A aired a program with a challenging [...]

It’s all about the Value!

October 1, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Jacqui Sealy – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   Value for Money – it is a term that we don’t often think about automatically when we consider buying goods and services for ourselves. When you have the money, [...]

A caretaker government – is it Business as Usual?

October 1, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   Australia is a representative democracy. In this political system, eligible people vote for candidates to carry out the business of governing on their behalf. The democratic election process requires that [...]

What makes a good team mentor?

July 7, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Karen Fischbach – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   Mentoring and guiding play a crucial role in staff development and long-term retention.  This is because mentors are usually members of the organisation and are therefore in place for [...]

How Procurement & Projects Collide!

July 7, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Phil Sealy – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   We talk Value for Money and yet consistently see coverage in the media of yet another publicly funded project with cost overruns and delays and blame games… Let us [...]

How to Ethically Negotiate Contract Price

May 25, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Brett Lyndon – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   As a facilitator teaching Government employees procurement and contract management, I am regularly questioned about Government’s ability to negotiate the price of a contract. In response, I decided to [...]

Fraud and Corruption in the COVID-19 Environment

May 25, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Brett Lyndon – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   The impact of COVID-19 is significant across every sector of society, none more so than how we buy and sell products and services. Social Distancing has resulted in broken [...]

Why assumptions are damaging

April 30, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   The world is discussing supply chains in a manner that has not been seen before, detailing ad nauseam the uncertain outcomes and global social and economic issues few have [...]

Scrutiny of contracts

April 30, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   Awarding contracts is a straightforward task and yet is often fraught with challenges. The awarding of contracts or choosing suppliers is standard practise in both commercial and government processes, [...]

Force Majeure in contracts

April 30, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Jeanette Jifkins – Onyx Legal, 10 April 2020   For a lot of people, it is like the world has gone crazy in a few short weeks and it would be a relief to make sense of what [...]

Procurement within disrupted supply chains

April 6, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   No matter how much preparation goes into contingency scenarios, companies, organisations and governments can still be faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges when disaster strikes. The procurement process can be [...]

Probity, getting it right!!

March 5, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Phil Sealy – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   If we look at probity as being the evidence of ethical behaviour, then does ethical behaviour automatically make me get it right? As a probity advisor, I don’t believe [...]

Public Procurement from a global standpoint

March 5, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   In 2015 the United Nations formulated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States, of which Australia is a [...]

The importance of lessons learned and audits

March 5, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Brett Lyndon – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   A recent Australian National Auditors Office (ANAO) audit of Western Sydney Airport Company (WSA Co) a wholly owned Australian Government Business Enterprise (GBE), and therefore subject to operating under [...]

Clarity around Transparency

February 5, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   As a project or procurement manager working with funds that are tax or ratepayer derived, you have specific accountability that are bounded by procurement rules. This accountability is legislated [...]

Procurement Relationships

February 5, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Jeanette Jifkins – Principal Lawyer at Onyx Legal   A business coach I work with has recommended we grade our clients. So, as part of our client segmentation for marketing, we’ve identified five core indicators and one bonus [...]

Anti-corruption: Why Australia is out of the top 10

February 5, 2020|0 Comments

Written by: Donna Kirk – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   Anti-corruption, how knowing the basics can help every project manager avoid being challenged. Since 1995, countries around the world have been assessed and surveyed on financial and judicial practices [...]

The Black Economy Procurement Connected Policy (PCP)

August 30, 2019|0 Comments

Written by: Brett Lyndon – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   What is the Black Economy? The Australian Tax Office (ATO) describes Black Economy as: “dishonest and criminal activities that take place outside of, or involves misuse or abuse of, the [...]

Judicial Review Legislation

August 30, 2019|0 Comments

Written by: Brett Lyndon – Pro Leaders Academy Pty Ltd   The Australian Government’s new Judicial Review legislation is now an active legislative component that all government procurement professionals must adhere to, but what is the judicial review system, what [...]

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