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Avoid the Red Team II Monster by implementing efficiencies

There is nothing more I dread than a Red Team II or even Red Team III. It means the entire bid and proposal team didn’t produce a compliant, strong, and compelling proposal. In addition to inviting the concern of executive leadership and dragging down the morale of the entire bid team, Red Team IIs or IIIs also result in long days and weekends full of work. I try to avoid them at any cost. My best defense is a good offense. If I am lucky, I will join the effort before the solicitation is released so I can work with the Capture Manager or team to develop an information-collection plan, frame the solution, validate it with the customer, and optimize it. This is not often the case, because as a consultant, I usually arrive after the RFP is released. In my experience, what the team does the first week after … Continue reading Avoid the Red Team II Monster by implementing efficiencies

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Proposal production across the business development life cycle – phase 4 (Part 5 of 6)

In her previous post (Part 4 of 6), Briana Coleman, PPM.APMP discussed the key activities involved in Phase 3 of the typical business development (BD) life cycle: Phase 1 Opportunity identification and assessment Phase 2 Pursuit Phase 3 Pre-proposal preparation Phase 4 Proposal development Phase 5 Post-submittal In this post, Briana discusses the key production activities that you should perform in Phase 4 Proposal Preparation. Once you receive your final RFP, you can begin actually implementing your production plan. Below is a typical 30-day schedule to give you a sense of when you should begin each element of production. You’ll note that final production begins on DAY 1! By Day 2, you should be able to refine your templates to match the format/delivery requirements of your RFP. Note that I am saying refine, and not develop, because you will have already taken care of baseline templates in your pre-proposal phase. … Continue reading Proposal production across the business development life cycle – phase 4 (Part 5 of 6)

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Proposal production across the business development life cycle – phase 3 (Part 4 of 6)

In her previous post (Part 3 of 6), Briana Coleman, PPM.APMP discussed the key activities involved in Phases 1 and 2 of the typical business development (BD) life cycle: Phase 1 Opportunity identification and assessment Phase 2 Pursuit Phase 3 Pre-proposal preparation Phase 4 Proposal development Phase 5 Post-submittal In this post, she discusses the key production activities that you should perform in Phase 3 Pre-Proposal Preparation. 1. Begin drafting your production plan: proposal-specific In Phases 1 and 2 of the BD life cycle, you drafted a company production plan. In this phase, you’ll tailor that generic plan to your specific proposal and RFP. By this phase in the life cycle, you have likely received a draft RFP from the client, or you have put together a strawman RFP of your anticipated requirements. Using these draft documents, update your plan to reflect any nuances of the customer, e.g., specified font … Continue reading Proposal production across the business development life cycle – phase 3 (Part 4 of 6)

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Proposal production across the business development life cycle – phases 1 and 2 (Part 3 of 6)

In her previous post (Part 2 of 6), Briana Coleman, PPM.APMP outlined a typical business development (BD) life cycle with five phases: Phase 1 Opportunity identification and assessment Phase 2 Pursuit Phase 3 Pre-proposal preparation Phase 4 Proposal development Phase 5 Post-submittal In this post, she discusses the key production activities you should perform in Phases 1 and 2. Remember, these are the activities you should be performing before you ever have a real proposal on your plate. There are two main activities that you should accomplish in this phase. 1. Document your production plan Your production war plan is not something to be written in an afternoon and put on a shelf. It requires numerous trade-off assessments, decisions, and training of staff when it is complete. The goal of the production plan is to ensure that you have thought through all elements of production—desktop publishing, editing, graphics, printing, and … Continue reading Proposal production across the business development life cycle – phases 1 and 2 (Part 3 of 6)

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