Working Groups

Working Groups bring sourcing practitioners together to address sourcing challenges or opportunities identified through user research completed by the Digital Sourcing Centre of Excellence.  

Participants engage in discussion and investigation, then work in partnership with us to recommend potential solutions to problems and ways to take advantage of sourcing opportunities. Those recommendations steer the development of new tools and resources to support digital sourcing practitioners in practical, relevant ways.

Email us for information on how you can participate in a Working Group

Current Working Groups include:

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Market research and engagement

Kick-off 2 July 2019

Topics to cover:

  • Our research indicates there are many digital sourcing practitioners seeking clarity about researching the market and engaging with industry, and supporting the business areas of their departments to do the same.
  • Probity concerns and confusion about the application of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules make people unsure about what they can and can't do. This limits progress in learning about and improving digital sourcing efforts. Relationships between agencies and industry are good for government and shouldn't be discouraged.
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Working with digital sourcing specialists as strategic partners

Kick-off 26 September 2019

Topics to cover:

  • Our research indicates there is a need to treat digital sourcing as a specialist function to achieve better outcomes and strategic value. Digital sourcing capability is a key strategic asset, and yet digital sourcing skills are undervalued because sourcing is considered transactional, not strategic.
  • Digital sourcing capabilities are often engaged too late and are siloed within the organisation. This creates unnecessary challenges and a poor perception of the sourcing discipline, with specialists often being seen as blockers, rather than strategic partners.
  • To fully realise the strategic value digital sourcing specialists can bring to the successful outcomes of business activities, we need better understanding, appreciation and use of digital sourcing capabilities within agencies.
  • Agency sourcing practitioners need to better explain to the business the strategic value of their capabilities, and the capabilities of external specialists through promotion of their value, better early engagement and business education.
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Effective contracting for agile, iterative and outcomes-based solutions

Kick-off 5 November 2019

Topics to cover:

  • Our research indicates that as we move to innovative, iterative ways of working, agencies are encountering difficulties in approaching the market and constructing efficient and economic arrangements to allow true innovation, and iterative, outcomes-based solutions.
  • What guidance and templates do digital sourcing practitioners need to build and manage agile, iterative contracts and partnerships with suppliers? How can the existing Resource Management Framework be employed to assist with this approach?
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