The 18F blog highlights how governments can improve procurement processes through agile principles of openness and collaboration, both internally and with vendors.
Some ideas for helping agencies become better buyers of digital services include asking for vendor feedback and holding a retrospective after each RFP effort to determine how the process can improve next time.
From the article:
In our work with the State of Alaska, we’ve embraced transparency and openness in the development of RFPs and related documents, and leveraged GitHub to reach out with and interact with prospective vendors. This approach has also allowed us to iterate on the RFP documents themselves, by first publishing a draft version of these documents publicly and allowing vendors and other stakeholders to comment and ask questions, and then incorporating those comments into the final RFP.
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