2 minutes with David Kershaw
22 August 2019
Posted by: Abi Walker
How did you come to agile/business agility?
I was lucky enough to spend 3 years at the Government Digital Service. There was a new breed of Civil Servant during 2013 to 2016 – those ‘doing agile’. Here’s a blog about my experience at GDS.
What's your current job title?
Procurement Delivery Director (but happy to be called anything so long as its got ‘procurement’ and ‘delivery’ in the title).
What do you actually do?
I go into organisations and help make there procurement operations more agile. Basic things like working in multidisciplinary teams, using daily stand-ups, regular show and tell sessions. More advanced things include reducing bureaucracy and applying Minimum Viable Governance, looking at contracting in sprints, and making procurement less risk adverse when talking to its markets.
How have you pushed agile through your organisation?
I push agile through all organisations I service. It works, so why not. I have also establish #ProcurementHour on Twitter – a monthly discussion about making procurement better.
What's the biggest issue you see in your community at the moment?
Procurement is too slow - there are far to many processes in place. (Proportionally is key).
The 6-Minute Diary – it acts as a leveller after a hard day.
What are you most looking forward to about this year’s Agile Business Conference?
I'm always learning, so for me I’m looking forward to learning more about agile and it’s practical applications. This will help me understand how procurement can be more agile in its delivery
David, a former UK civil servant, established Delta Procurement Limited in 2013 to focus on ‘No Nonsense Delivery’ of procurement. Since then David has worked on many complex commercial issues and has always applied ‘agile’.
As a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, David applies plain language and pragmatism to everything he does. David openly begs, borrows and steals anything he has experienced in other areas to make procurement better. For example, he applies the logic of MVP to governance, creating Minimum Viable Governance (MVG). This speeds up the procurement activities he is leading.
David is the agile procurement advisor to several companies and was advisor to the OECD ICT Commissioning Playbook. He is the co-founder of #ProcurementHour, a monthly Twitter meet up allowing buyers, suppliers, users and others to discuss procurement. David also led Procurement Unconference 2019.