Disciplined Agile

Vendor Management

Vendor Management

The aim of the Vendor Management process blade, sometimes called procurement, is to:

  • Help source/identify and procure the right products and services from other organizations. To negotiate and then manage contracts with partner organizations.
  • To oversee relationships and partnerships to ensure partner excellence and increase overall value of partnerships.
  • To address the risk associated with external partnerships.

To do this your vendor management team will collaborate with other parts of the organization to help them understand their needs (if any), identify potential vendors that can fulfill those needs, and work with your legal team to develop appropriate contracts. Organizationally your vendor management team is part of, or at least closely related to, your legal team.

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Why Vendor Management?

There are several reasons why vendor management is critical to your organization.  

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Vendor Management Mindset

We extend the DA mindset with philosophies specific to vendor management. 

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Roles and Responsibilities

There are several roles that are pertinent to vendor management. 

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Vendor Management Workflow – External

Vendor management teams need to interact with a range of teams. 

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Vendor Management Practices

Vendor management teams need to be able to choose their own way of working (WoW). 


Vendor Management Strategies

There are several strategies that increase your effectiveness when working with vendors.

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Vendor Management Terminology

There are several common vendor management terms used throughout DA.