LAP Cert 1 course details

The World is Moving Faster – Procurement needs to get agile

Organisations are increasingly recognising that to get ahead of their competition (or even to remain competitive) they need to be faster and more flexible. To achieve these goals many organisations are adopting, or exploring, the "agile" business philosophy based upon The Agile Manifesto .

While this trend already had good momentum, the COVID 19 crisis has seen the need for speed and innovation supercharged. The pandemic crisis raised the profile of the supply side of business – especially at the tip of the global supply chain in Australia and New Zealand.

Procurement had a good crisis in the main. This new focus on the supply side led to stronger stakeholder relationships through greater business alignment, a real sense of urgency and procurement’s new focus on speed and risk management for essential supply lines.
This success has led to opportunity – how can procurement capitalise on the wins gained during the pandemic to help solve some of the long-standing problems corporate procurement has faced?

Agile can help. Can it perhaps be part of the answer to procurement’s most long-standing challenges - long-winded processes and the often-resultant poor stakeholder relations?

But what does AGILE really mean for procurement? How can the agile business philosophy b4e successfully applied directly to procurement and the supply side? And how can procurement become agile?


PASA AGILE is a training, coaching and consulting business formed in 2019 that specialises in Agile Procurement and is based upon the ‘LAP Alliance’ approach formulated in Europe since 2015 by Mirko Kleiner and his colleagues.

This new and exciting programme is built upon the principles of the AGILE business philosophy, outlined in the Agile Manifesto developed back in 1999, partly, perhaps, as a direct response to the sclerotic IT system implementations of the 1990s – often late and over-budget. In many ways AGILE succeeds or complements other comparable business philosophies such as TQM, Just-in-time, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma and others.

Mirko and his team in Europe successfully applied AGILE to the supply side sourcing process. They fused agile principles with procurement process. And, in doing so, disrupted the procurement approach and its two most long-standing challenges – its slow speed and the fickleness of its stakeholders relationships.

This agile foundation training course, LAP1, includes this work and has run over twelve times both in-person and, now, virtually throughout ANZ over the last two years. A number of courses are planned for 2022 – ONLINE initially, then live in-person later in the year.

The free PASA white-paper “Agile Procurement Explained” covers some of the key aspects of the programme in a short but descriptive way – download it here

Download the White Paper


Lean-Agile Procurement (Credential One)

Completion of this course ONLINE over three mornings, or in-person over two full days, with PASA AGILE LEAD Marcus Ward leads to the LAP credential 1 awarded by the LAP Alliance in Switzerland.

By attending this workshop you will:

• Understand what agile and lean-agile procurement are and when they would be applicable - in both a private and public sector context

• Learn how to use and leverage hands-on agile techniques to conduct more effective procurement process in a more responsive way to your organisation’s needs

• Appreciate how the LAP BIG ROOM workshop works and how it fits into a LAP procurement process

• Become more competitive by significantly reducing procurement timeframes and driving greater innovation

• Become a Certified Lean-Agile Procurement (LAP) specialist (Credential 1), from the Swiss based LAP Alliance

• Secure invitations to FREE LAP alumni meet-ups with other alumni run every two months or so by PASA AGILE ….

Course Dates for LAP Cert 1


2023 Workshops

LAP1 - 2023 – all courses ONLINE and 9.00am to 1.00pm AWST (Perth time) 12.00 noon to 4.00pm AEDT (Sydney/Melbourne time) : Click dates to register

Standard Price: $2450 + GST
PASA Connect Member: $1960 + GST

15th, 16th & 17th February 2023

17th, 18th & 19th May 2023

16th, 17th & 18th August 2023

22nd, 23rd & 24th November 2023







What is included in the workshop

Participate in group activities and exercises that will open your mind, enlighten you, and teach you new ways to conduct complex procurements. Among the topics you will learn about are:

  • Understanding how business has changed, bringing greater complexity and a need for speed
  • Some limitations of our traditional procurement approaches – how do we source today and what are current pain-points?
  • What is ‘agile’?
  • What are the benefits of agile?
  • Why is agile seen as the answer to dealing with complexity?
  • How you assess the advantages and disadvantages of common/traditional procurement methods in your supply partner ecosystem.
  • Using a new model to segment spend and determine when it would be applicable to source using use Lean Agile Procurement
  • Introduction to the Lean Procurement Canvas
  • Building your own case study using the canvas
  • The Four Steps of the Lean Agile Procurement process
  • The value of defining TRUE NORTH for your project, the role of the product owner and voice of the customer
  • Running a stakeholder NEEDS workshop
  • The Four Steps of the Lean Agile Procurement process
  • The LAP Roadmap
  • Introduction to the Lean Procurement Canvas – the one page acquisition strategy template
  • Building your own case study using the canvas
  • Planning for a BIG ROOM supplier engagement workshop

Whilst some points are illustrated using case study examples, most of the learning from the workshop comes through you personally experiencing hands-on exercises that really drive home the why and the how of what "Lean Agile Procurement" is all about.

By the end of the workshop, you will have completed a Lean-agile Procurement Canvas using your own real-world scenarios, providing you with the capability to apply it to other cases when you return to your own organisation.

Who should attend

The workshop is designed primarily for PROCUREMENT practitioners but also ultimately for an interdisciplinary audience of procurement, sales, management, innovation, business delivery, operations, technical teams and even consultants, as well as other applications.