procurement

Procure uma pessoa que te complete que aceite seus defeitos, que não tente ser perfeito, mais só que queira te acompanhar aonde quer que você vá. Uma pessoa que você não fique com medo de dizer que ama, uma pessoa que seja o outro pedaço da laranja.
—  signos gémeos 31.01.2015
Dirty Laundry (@ lonely-in-the-big-city)

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"What the hell does that even mean????"  Samantha Adams swore quietly at her phone.

Phone in one hand, basket heaped full of dirty laundry and a bottle of detergent and fabric softener balanced precariously on her opposite hip, she had just begun to descend the stairs to the basement laundry room.

The message she was trying to read while walking was almost completely indecipherable. She wasn’t even sure if she should even try to reply back.  Texting was extremely difficult on her ancient Razor phone.

Note to self:  Try harder to procure a new phone soon, preferably something that at least had some sort of keyboard.  Or touch screen.  Or anything that wasn’t years old.

Coming down to the landing, she turned to go on down… and ran smack into someone coming up the stairs.  Laundry, basket, and bottles went flying up into the air.

And a wave of her hand caused it all to land back together at the bottom of the stairs.  Laundry on the bottom, detergent and fabric softener nestled neatly in the center of the dirty clothing within the basket.

She stared, eyes open wide at the young man that she had almost knocked down the stairs.  Did he see that????  Did she do it again?  Did she just accidentally reveal herself to yet another human?  She really, really needed to stop doing that.

"I’m… so sorry…" She apologized, reaching out a hand to help him up.

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What I have found in my experience is the more elusive the puzzle, the more painfully obvious its ultimate solution. One just has to be willing to see it. Take our predicament, for example. You have a wealth of leads, but no means of exploiting them for anything other than a fee and risking retaliation from Ms. Guthrie in the process. I, on the other hand, have an unparalleled aptitude for the management of a crew, but am denied any and every opportunity to explot the skill. And there it is— the solution, so obvious. You will provide all leads derived from this place directly to me. I will judge which to prescute and which too likely to rouse Ms. Guthrie’s ire. Anne and I will then take those chosen leads, we’ll procure a ship, we’ll recruit men, and we will create, from nothing, a new crew from which we three will each hold a share.  You asked for better captains… I give you Captain Jack Rackham.  And one more thing— darling, I can understand why you wouldn’t want to tell me about this, but please know that all I have ever wanted for you is to be happy. Come to bed when you’re through.

"Le champagne : c’est le seul vin qui laisse la femme belle après boire" disait Madame de Pompadour. Une citation fort à propos, La Pompadour était une jolie femme dont la légende veut que la première coupe à champagne fût moulée sur son sein.

Ajoutez au champagne le sexe avec l’homme que vous aimez et vous aurez la quintessence même de ce qu’est la beauté féminine.
Il ne s’agit pas ici de faire l’apologie de l’alcool car comme toute bonne chose, on ne l’apprécie et il ne nous fait du bien que lorsqu’il est bu avec tout le plaisir que procure la rareté et c’est ce qui en fait sa préciosité. Tout comme pour mon amant.

A défaut de créer une coupe sur mon sein mon amant m’avait accueilli récemment avec une bouteille de Pol Roger. Il m’en avait vanté les nombreux mérites, un champagne de distinction et d’élégance, paradis artificiel de Winston Churchill qui en disait la chose suivante “Dans la victoire je le mérite, dans la défaite j’en ai besoin”.
Son effervescence sémillante, chatouille et excite les papilles avant de révéler des arômes de fleurs capiteuses, de miel, d’épices. Un champagne sexuel en quelque sorte.

Je n’avais jamais eu la chance de pouvoir sentir du Pol Rogel sur ma langue. Mon amant m’a offert cette opportunité. Il m’avait invité dans un restaurant coquet au coeur de Paris. Ce restaurant avait pour particularité d’offrir un calme et une intimité rare, chaque table étant lovée dans une alcôve à l’abri des regards. Je portais une robe indécente qui révélait mon porte-jarretelles à chacun de mes pas. Mon parfum laissait planer des effluves de désir sexuel sur mon passage. A en voir les visages qui se retournaient, mon amoureux secret avait deviné que j’étais là avant même que j’atteigne l’alcôve dans lequel auquel il était installé.

Je posais un tendre baiser sur ses lèvres. Il m’avait énormément manqué. Mon collier de perles tinta contre son verre de champagne encore vide.
“j’adore cet accueil !” ai-je dit avec un ton similaire à la sonorité de celui du cristal.

Il passa sa main sous ma robe, écarta ma culotte et glissa un doigt dans ma chatte déjà trempée.
“Déjà madame ?” me dit-il
“Toujours quand tu es près de moi”.
Il posa son doigt sur son verre et caressa le bord de sa coupe pour faire chanter le cristal et il le porta à ses lèvres en fermant les yeux.

Je pris place à ses côtés. Il m’attrapa par l’épaule et glissa sa main sur mon sein. Il écarta le haut de ma robe et mit à nu ma poitrine. Je dinerais donc ainsi, en hommage à La Pompadour. Il pinça mon téton fortement et le mordit puis me dit que je devais enfin goûter ce Pol Roger. Il sortit la bouteille du seau et la glissa entre mes jambes. Je sentis la bouteille me pénétrer, sa fraicheur envahissait délicieusement mon vagin. Il la fit aller et venir jusqu’à me provoquer un orgasme vaginal enivrant.

Il retira la bouteille de champagne de ma chatte et la sabla aisément mais ses récent va-et-vient l’avait un peu énervé et il se répandit généreusement sur la table.

Il me servi un demi-verre qu’il me tendit.
“Prends une gorgée très doucement belle-amour, garde ce champagne dans ta bouche et masturbe-toi. Tu ne devras l’avaler que lorsque tu auras jouis.” J’écartais mes jambes devant lui et me masturbais doucement en savourant mon sensuel breuvage.
Mon amant délivra son sexe de son pantalon et se masturba en me regardant. Il était prodigieusement excitant. Il prit mon verre et y versa son sperme qui épousa et enveloppa les fines bulles du champagne. Il me tendit mon verre et je bu sa jouissance avec plaisir après avoir bu la mienne. L’un des moments les plus érotiques qu’il m’ait offert.

"J’adore ton regard après après ton orgasme madame" me dit-il.
“c’est le seul vin qui laisse la femme belle après boire” lui répondis-je

The Behavior Based Business Model

Is your business defined by your buggy whip? Or how you go about solving the propulsion problem?

In “the Enterprise,” procuring people to perform known chunks of work remains a woefully early 20th Century activity.

For example: First, define the product that is made and the tools used to build it (e.g., airplane fuselage and rivet gun).

Next, enter into a relationship (e.g., employee, contractor, etc.) to bind people to using a certain tool, at a certain location, for a certain purpose for a certain duration on a certain timetable (e.g., sheet metal worker at Boeing assembly plant, second shift for a five-year term).

For very big projects, the contract can go on for years.

But what happens when the tools change very quickly? 

Or the technology?

What happens when the procurement cycle is longer than the complete lifecycle of a technology?

Imagine being staffed to a “MySpace” media contract in 2006 for a 5-year term. Expect to get de-staffed after two years.

Imagine a 99-year lease on a coal-fired power plant today. Environmentalists probably will intervene before that lease is up.

Do we keep old contracts and ignore that they deal with nonexistent roles, products or technologies?

Can procurement be parsed in a meaningful way to keep it more flexible?

Is there a useful way to make the procurement process itself go faster?

Can we get vague about terms and be comfortable with that? Trade “MySpace” for “social media services.”  Or specify “energy production” and hope for the best on that 99-year lease on the coal power plant?

Can the procurement cycle be more nimble so that what we intend to buy, and the means to procure those products and services, don’t take up a majority of the overhead to actually perform the work?

If we continue to push the old way of doing business, it will become harder and harder (read: expensive) to find willing contractors to perform those roles.

Government IT contracts especially suffer this fate. It wouldn’t take much digging to find still-valid contracts requiring knowledge of FrontPage extensions, even though that’s ten-year old, obsolete tech.

In the same breath: How does an organization plan for unknown events?

It’s ironic that the professional discipline of contracting for technology lags behind contracting for other, less cutting-edge disciplines.

Is it time for procurement reform? Any folks in the procurement or acquisition roles — feel free to chime in.