When to stop last-minute changes

One of a proposal team’s biggest frustrations is last-minute changes, which can introduce errors into written proposals or cause synchronization issues with oral proposal slides and scripts.

Before making last-minute changes consider the type of change you are making and how it affects proposal timeliness and quality.

Table 1 Column 1 lists welcome changes that can make a proposal more compelling or increase its score.

Table 1 Column 2 lists unnecessary changes that may cause significant work, burn out team members, and not increase a proposal’s score.

Table 1. Types of last-minute changes to consider

If you routinely get a lot of last-minute changes:

  • Provide leadership with a schedule and specify how last-minute changes affect delivery.
  • Ask leadership to describe how unnecessary changes can improve the proposal’s score.
  • Explain how the last-minute changes affect quality, timeliness, and team morale.

By negotiating last-minute changes and picking your battles, you can gain better control over your proposal schedule, timeliness, and quality, while also reducing bid and proposal (B&P) costs.

By Brenda Crist, Vice President at Lohfeld Consulting Group, MPA, CPP APMP Fellow

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