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The Power of Transparency in Lean Agile Procurement

My Biggest Epiphany in Lean Agile Procurement

When diving deep into Lean Agile Procurement, one must tread carefully around the term “Mastery.” This is a complex domain, and my most profound realization has been how transparency can significantly enhance collaboration.

Building Trust through Transparency

In Lean Agile Procurement, opening up—figuratively letting people see everything—creates an environment of trust. This concept was vividly demonstrated when three of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the UK developed a COVID-19 vaccine without a formal contract. The trust between the principal parties made this possible.

Growing up in rural Queensland in the 70s and 80s (which often felt like the 1950s), I experienced firsthand how trust was paramount. Your word was your bond, and a handshake was as good as a contract. This expectation of trust was the norm. However, when city slickers came up with their contracts and legalities, they often broke this trust, leading to losses for the locals. This disparity underscores a fundamental truth: laws often serve justice, but not necessarily fairness.

Transparency and Collaboration: A Synergistic Relationship

So, how does transparency foster collaboration? By sharing all relevant information before and during big room sessions, we create an atmosphere of openness and honesty. This approach fosters human connections, essential for effective collaboration.

We are social beings, and these human connections are vital for establishing a collaborative culture. When we work together as a team, we achieve remarkable results. Consider your favorite sports team; their success often stems from genuine trust and collaboration. In contrast, teams plagued by contractual worries and personal insecurities exhibit destructive behaviors.

Practical Examples of Transparency in Action

In my career, I’ve seen contractors write code or tests so complex that only they could understand them, making themselves indispensable. This behavior is the antithesis of trust and can lead to significant issues at a corporate level. In contrast, successful business leaders know that an honest reference from a trusted source is invaluable.

Building more trusting, nurturing, and sustainable collaborations between organizations enhances personal connections and allows us to deliver more value more effectively. In these times of complexity and instability, fast and efficient collaboration is crucial. We must secure contracts and deliver goods and materials promptly to succeed.

The Foundations of Transparency

The foundation of transparency is trust. For me, the work of Ken Schwaber and the core Scrum values—Focus, Openness, Respect, Courage, and Commitment—are incredibly inspiring. These values help cultivate trust and drive the success of Lean Agile Procurement.

Key Takeaways for Implementing Lean Agile Procurement

Embrace Transparency

  • Share all relevant information with your team.
  • Foster open and honest discussions during big room sessions.
  • Build human connections to establish a collaborative culture.

Trust is Crucial

  • Trust is the cornerstone of successful collaboration.
  • An honest reference from a trusted source is invaluable.
  • Building trust within and between organizations enhances efficiency and value delivery.

Focus on Core Values

  • Adopt Scrum values: Focus, Openness, Respect, Courage, and Commitment.
  • These values help build trust and drive successful collaboration.

Practical Steps for Enhancing Collaboration

1. Share Information Freely

Transparency starts with sharing. Ensure everyone has access to the same information. This openness sets the stage for trust and collaboration.

2. Foster Open Discussions

Encourage open discussions in your team. Create an environment where everyone feels safe to share their thoughts and ideas. This openness will strengthen team bonds and enhance collaboration.

3. Build Human Connections

Remember that we are social beings. Building personal connections within your team will foster a collaborative culture. Invest time in team-building activities and encourage open communication.

4. Trust Your Team

Trust is the foundation of any successful collaboration. Trust your team members and encourage them to trust each other. This mutual trust will enhance efficiency and drive better results.

5. Adopt Core Values

Adopt and live by the core Scrum values: Focus, Openness, Respect, Courage, and Commitment. These values will help build trust and foster a collaborative environment.

Why Transparency and Collaboration Matter

In today’s complex and unstable world, efficient collaboration is more important than ever. We need to secure contracts and deliver goods and materials quickly to stay competitive. Transparency enhances collaboration, and the foundation of transparency is trust.

Conclusion

Transparency is a powerful tool in Lean Agile Procurement. It fosters trust, enhances collaboration, and drives success. By embracing transparency, building trust, and adopting core values, we can create a more collaborative and efficient working environment. Let’s strive to be more open, honest, and transparent in our work, and we will see the benefits in our collaborations and overall success.


Implementing these principles can transform your approach to Lean Agile Procurement. Trust and transparency are not just nice-to-have qualities; they are essential for success in today’s fast-paced and complex world. Let’s embrace these values and build stronger, more collaborative teams and organizations. 🌟🚀

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