Learning Lab 5 - Use Just Enough Structure: Plan, Communicate, Follow-Up

  • Date: 12/09/2020
  • Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 4:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Instructor: Mr. Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., NIGP-CPP
    Mr. Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., NIGP-CPP

    Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, C.P.M.,J.D.


    From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint, the nonprofit subsidiary of the National Association of State Procurement Officials that supports the states in their national cooperative procurements. Previously, he served of counsel to the Denver office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, where he advised clients on federal, state and local government procurement. Richard is the former director of the Division of Finance and Procurement, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, where he managed a division consisting of the Office of the State Controller, the State Purchasing Office, Central Collections Services, and State Buildings and Real Estate Programs. He previously served as State Purchasing Director, after working for the Colorado Attorney General as procurement and construction litigation counsel. Richard is a retired Air Force Colonel and judge advocate who started his career as a B-52 pilot and later became a judge advocate specializing in federal procurement. He served as Chief of Air Force Commercial Litigation Division, working with the Department of Justice in litigating bid protest, bankruptcy, contract disputes, and patent infringement cases filed in federal courts across the nation. Richard received his Air Force commission and undergraduate B.S. degree in engineering mechanics from the Air Force Academy. He has a J.D. degree from the University of Denver and Master of Laws degree in government procurement law from The George Washington University. In 2005, he was selected as the Manager of the Year by the Colorado State Managers Association. He is a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), a Certified Public Procurement Official (CPPO), and an honorary member of the National Association of State Procurement Officials. Richard is the author of Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams (Hugo House Publishing, 2013).

  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 2
  • CEUs: 0.2
Creating Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams
This 10-part Learning Labs series is built around the 10 chapters in Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams. Each participant will receive an ePub copy of the book as part of the registration.  We are providing a link to a preview copy of the first 47 pages of the book, including chapter 1, Focus the Team’s Purpose.
Each two-hour Zoom webinar will use at least one invited guest and Zoom’s breakout function for social learning. They are lateral leaders who will be sharing their insights and experience about the Lab’s topics.
Part II: Focus the Team’s Attention
Learning Lab 5: Use Just Enough Structure: Plan, Communicate, Follow-Up
Guest: Dr. Dan Price is the author of Takeoff! The Introduction to Project Book that will make your projects take off and fly! Dr. Price is an aviator, a retired U.S. Air Force officer,  a Project Management Professional (PMP), and the principal of Winning Ways Management, a leadership and management coaching and consulting company.
Teams have specific tasks to perform. Project management skills are important to move a team from the early establishment of purpose and goals to achieving its objectives. Participants will learn how to engage stakeholders, plan backwards, and think ahead during implementation.
Learning Lab 4 111820: Step to Their Side Often: Help Mold and Promote the Team - Member$79.00 12/09/2020
Learning Lab 5 120920: Use Just Enough Structure: Plan, Communicate, Follow-Up - Non-Member$179.00 12/09/2020
Spots available: 36


By the end of this Lab, learners will be able to:
1.  Create an agenda for a stakeholder meeting related to an e-procurement implementation
2.  Assess schedule dependencies on a team project and build the schedule
3.  Begin the process of developing a procurement planning checklist
4.  Be able to explain the “triple constraints” and their relation to change
5.  Spot the point where too much structure may impede creativity and innovation

Intended Audience

This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.   

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  


Designed to promote action-ready experiences without the need for travel, NIGP’s Learning Labs series provides learners with best practice guidance on a variety of technical and hard skills, needed for public procurement success. Tackling software, business operations, finance, and value-driven propositions, Learning Labs empowers attendees with exercise and case-study driven works, helping you learn the skills needed for success and advancement all from the comfort of your desk or at home.
Program Highlights:
-Earn 2 Contact Hours and .2 CEUs per workshop.
-90-120 minutes in time, featuring 45 participants max to provide hands-on practice.
-Curated content based on public procurement entities across North America.
-Interactive learning experiences, including individual, partner, and group work exercise with immediate feedback.
-Job aids and resources to take back to your own entity.
-Products available OnDemand upon completion of the set for re-watching at your leisure.


Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 24 hours prior to the course start date. After this time, registrations will be based on space availability.  A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations made in writing 31+ days prior to the seminar date by emailing No refunds are given for cancellations received within 24 hours of the seminar start date. There are no refunds for no-shows. If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, NIGP's liability is limited to the registration fee only.  

Attendee substitutions within the same agency may be done at any time with email notification to NIGP. If attending via scholarship, please provide documentation verifying the scholarship issuer's name and contact information in lieu of payment information. 

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Learning Lab 5 - Use Just Enough Structure: Plan, Communicate, Follow-Up

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