Adaptive Sourcing: Agile Procurement in Practice

IT Procurement with Agile mindset

What you will learn

Evaluate the economic effect of Agile Procurement in terms of revenue loss due to delayed Time-to-Market

Study and practice true Agile procurement principles (speed, flexibility, multiple choice scenarios)

Understand transformational trends of the Industry 4.0

Explain the notion of the Operating Model

Review the Bimodal operating model and its realization for IT and Procurement

Study three ground theories (PST Model, Buygrid Framework, Pace Layer Model)

Synthesize earlier theories into the Adaptive Sourcing Concept

Understand the complexity of innovation procurement and possible solutions to source Systems of Innovation.

Review the Hybrid Sourcing Strategy for IT as a practical application of the Adaptive Sourcing


This course unites two worlds – IT and Procurement. Both functions are going through significant business and technological transformation to comply with the Industry 4.0 mandate.

Our course is efficient – it is half exercises, case studies, and applying best practices straight after learning.

Instead of just talking about Agile procurement, we’ll suggest actionable advice for its realization synthesized from classical theories and intuitive concepts. For example, we will provide the mathematical model to calculate the value of Time-to-Market and prove the critical importance of Agile procurement.

In 2022, the standardized “unisex” governance is a repelling anachronism, damaging the company and its suppliers more than any competitors.

We need to apply flexible business processes depending on the situation selectively.

A bimodal operating model precisely allows that. Therefore, it attracted IT and strategic sourcing professionals, creating “bimodal IT” and “bimodal procurement.”

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This course will explain the origins of the bimodal operating model, its bright sides, and its deficiencies.

We’ll present Adaptive Sourcing as the synthesis of different concepts, which leverages the bimodal procurement process but goes well beyond its remits. Essentially, it is the practical realization of Agile procurement.

We’ll also propose a custom sourcing strategy for IT goods and services that puts our theoretical definitions into the negotiation practice.

Indeed, Adaptive Sourcing is one of the implementations of Agile Procurement 4.0 – flexible, variable, and streamlined. It brings additional cost savings, stakeholder satisfaction, and business process optimization.

Strategic procurement and sourcing managers and IT experts may start practicing it immediately!





The Transformation of IT

Megatrends and Industry 4.0
Transformation of IT. New Operating Model (with Excercise no. 1)

Bimodal IT. Agility and Reliability Modes. Bimodal Procurement.

Agliity and Reliability Modes (with Excercise 2)
Bimodal IT Operating Model
Deficiencies of the Bimodal IT concept

A Practical Case of Bimodal Procurement

Bimodal Procurement in Practice

Adaptive Sourcing

The PST Concept by Simon Wardley
Buyclasses in Buygrid Framework
Pace Layer Model
Adaptive Sourcing Model

Hybrid Sourcing Strategy for IT

Hybrid Sourcing Strategy

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