There is (again) a lot of discussion about agile sourcing and his to implement this into your organization. The question for me remains whether this is just riding the agile hype or a useful change. In my opinion there is no black and white in that discussion and many positive things of an agile approach could be adapted for your own sourcing processes. Shouldn’t you always learn and enhance from the best? Whether this can then be called agile is a different story.
Here are three interesting reads about agile sourcing:
An interesting read from Denmark how to you can make innovation happen through strategic collaboration. The article analyzes how the Danish offshore wind energy sector could reduce cost through supply chain innovation.
Vendor management is not a science, but a straightforward approach that could be applied by literally any company. Unfortunately, nowadays most companies are driven by a short-term, you may also call it short-sighted, mainly cost-driven approach. This works for non-strategic products and services, for which you easily could swap suppliers.
This is worth watching: Guy Kawasaki speaking at TEDx Berkley in 2014 about the art of innovation in his very unique and humorous style. Highly entertaining, but still eye-opening. Guy provides great examples of innovative products and different companies. 21 minutes worth watching!