ACQUIRE Conference Recap
The first ever ACQUIRE Conference and Expo started with an excellent presentation by Joshua Cooper Ramo on his book The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune and Survival in the Age of Networks. His overall premise was to tie the term “networks” to mean interpersonal, sociological, and information networks. His theory is that everything is tied together and will only become more and more complex over time – definitely a thought provoking topic to start the day.
Another interesting session dealt with the millennial generation – how they think, what motivates them, and how to market to and retain this segment of the workforce. Gabrielle Bosche provided some interesting statistics – for instance, the average longevity at an individual company or agency is currently 11 months.
The exhibit hall keynotes and expo sessions were well attended, with particular focus on sessions that speak to Agile project management in the Federal environment.
A small but spirited group of attendees made our “Contracting for Modular Development in IT” training session an informative and interesting experience. Paul Lohnes delivered another Management Concepts sponsored session, “Disciplined Agile for IT Project Success.” His expo session was standing room only, largely due to the Federal focus on adaptive/Agile development and the challenges this presents for the acquisition workforce. As Federal agencies move toward Agile development methodologies the ability to execute Agile contracts and the need to understand Agile development is driving interest in Agile acquisition.
Day two kicked off with the incredibly inspirational Mark Kelly providing opening remarks. His wife, former Representative Gabby Giffords, made a triumphant visit to the stage and said a few words as well. Their thought provoking story of courage and persistence sent a strong motivational message to the crowd.
Finally, the smell of hot buttered popcorn drifted over the crowd and brought hungry attendees to the Management Concepts booth for a welcoming break and a chance to connect with current and future clients and students on offerings in Federal acquisition and contracting, FAC-P/PM, and IT project management.
See you next year, ACQUIRE!