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Speak at World Congress 2018!

Gain Recognition as a Leader in the Contract Management Profession

NCMA is currently accepting proposals for speakers at World Congress 2018. Submit your presentation proposal below via the new online submissions portal. Only completed submissions will be considered.

The deadline for all presentations to be submitted has been extended to January 19, 2018. Accepted sessions will be announced via email on or before February 16, 2018. Decisions are made by NCMA’s educational planning committee and are final.

Note: If you have issues submitting through the online portal, please fill out the Word version and email it to meetings@ncmahq.org

NCMA is highly motivated to select sessions aligned with the subtopics for the tracks listed below. Other subtopics are acceptable, but will be considered on an as-needed basis.

1. BUSINESS ACUMEN

In order to achieve deeper levels of understanding, these sessions will explore the “why” of acquisition regulations, policies, processes, and methods. For example, why is lowest price technically acceptable a poor approach to buying services? These sessions are aimed at intermediate to advanced acquisition professionals.
 
Topics:
  • Buyer and Seller Perspectives on Contract Management Strategy
  • Why Other Transaction Authority is a Solution for _____
  • Why _____ is Appropriate for _____
  • The Tough Parts of Incentive Contracts
  • Case Study: Procuring a Complex Technology Project
  • Case Study: An Industry Analysis of a Government Requirement
  • The Art of Dispute Resolution
  • What is Best Value?
  • Seller Beware: What to Consider Before Signing that Contract
  • Strategies to Pass your CPSR
  • Requirements Discipline
  • Making your Service Contract Truly Performance-Based
  • Other

2. BUYER/SELLER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

These sessions will explore the relationship between the buyer and seller, pursue solutions to expand and improve, and suggest best practices for success.
 
Topics:
  • Effective Buyer/Seller Communications
  • Buyer Perspectives for Sellers
  • Seller Perspectives for Buyers
  • The Balancing Act: Maximize Opportunity; Mitigate Risk
  • Risk Sharing Through Contract Types
  • Other

3. CAREER ADVANCEMENT TOOLS

These sessions are all about you! Come learn how to develop your career, expand your level of expertise, leverage your network, interview, write resumes, and participate with mentors.
 
Topics:
  • Becoming a Competent Contract Manager
  • Successful Interviewing Techniques (Session A)
  • Interview Practice Session (Session B)
  • The Market Value of Certification
  • Career Path Planning
  • Networking 101
  • Speed Mentoring Session (2 Sessions)
  • Writing Successful Resumes
  • Being a Good Mentee
  • Planning to be a Contract Leader
  • Effective Communication
  • Other

4. CONTRACTING COMPETENCIES

These sessions will address the CMBOK pre-award, award, and post-award competencies at the basic and intermediate levels.
 
Topics:
  • Risks and Rewards: A Deep Dive on a Specific Contract Type
  • Market Research Tools and Best Practices
  • Contract Administration: Ensuring High Performance
  • Responding to RFPs
  • Negotiations 101
  • Negotiations 201
  • Price Analysis
  • Cost Analysis
  • Considerations in Licensing
  • Commercial Item Pricing
  • Unallowable Costs
  • Major Contracting Attributes of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • The Art of the Debrief
  • Other

5. HIGH-PERFORMING ACQUISITION TEAMS

Achieving successful acquisitions requires all members of an acquisition team communicating, working together, and aware of each other’s challenges. Join these sessions to learn strategies and techniques for successfully managing teams.
 
Topics:
  • Requirements Development: How Contract Managers Can Guide Success
  • Building a Strong Program Manager/Contract Manager Relationship
  • The Power of Communication
  • Difficult Conversations
  • The Contract Manager Team Leader (based on CMBOK Leadership competencies)
  • Managing Stakeholder Involvement
  • Workshop: Problem-solving as an Acquisition Team
  • Other

6. MANAGEMENT/BUSINESS COMPETENCIES

These sessions will address the CMBOKcompetencies of business management, financial management, project management, and risk management.
 
Topics:
  • Cost Systems: Job Order, Process, Activity-Based
  • Evaluating Financial Strength: Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Statement of Cash Flows
  • Project Estimates
  • Tracking Costs
  • Maintaining Cost, Schedule, Performance
  • Earned Value Management
  • Risk Analysis or Risk Mitigation Strategies
  • Other

7. OUR CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

Presenters in this track are keeping a pulse on changes affecting our acquisition community. They’ll discuss current and upcoming legal and regulatory changes, and hot topics such as cybersecurity and sustainable purchasing.
 
Topics:
  • Legislative Changes and Regulatory Impacts
  • Deep Dive on a Specific Upcoming Legislative or Regulatory Change
  • Cyber Requirements for Contract Managers
  • Best Practices for Cloud Services Buying
  • eCommerce for Government Requirements
  • VATAP Success and Its Applicability for Other Agencies
  • The Latest on Acquisition Reform
  • Commercial Acquisition in Today’s Environment
  • A Specific New Agency Policy
  • An Industry View of a New Policy
  • Other

8. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Learn ways to identify, leverage, and manage supply chains.
 
Topics:
  • The Buyer/Supplier Relationship: What’s to be Gained and How
  • Supply Chain Strategies and Tactics
  • Preferred Supplier Programs
  • Suppliers Adding Value
  • Collaboration
  • Improving Supplier Performance
  • Category Management
  • The Basics of Spend Analysis
  • Other
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