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Proposal scheduling – make it or break it (Part 2 of 2)

Instituting scheduling best practices before, during, and after Request for Proposal (RFP) release can help alleviate risks and improve a company’s chance of developing a compliant, compelling, and winning proposal. This week Brenda Crist, PPF.APMP and APMP Fellow shares part 2 of her time-tested advice on proposal scheduling. Part 2: Effective scheduling after RFP release and submission As soon as the RFP is released, the race against the clock starts to prepare the information needed for the Kick-off Meeting, including the schedule, compliance matrix, and writers’ packages. Start by building a bullet-proof compliance matrix. Have at least two people review the compliance matrix to verify no instruction, evaluation criteria, or requirement is missed! Use the requirements list to build a work breakdown structure (WBS). Then add additional structure to incorporate proposal management tasks including: Kick-off Meeting Contributor Training Question development Daily Standup Meetings conducted Executive Summary draft development Conceptual planning/solution … Continue reading Proposal scheduling – make it or break it (Part 2 of 2)

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Proposal scheduling – make it or break it (Part 1 of 2)

This week Brenda Crist, PPF.APMP and APMP Fellow shares her time-tested advice on proposal scheduling – part 1. One of the most daunting proposal management tasks is ensuring all proposal tasks are performed on schedule. The inability to meet milestones can have a ripple effect throughout the proposal and affect staff members’ stress levels, proposal quality, and on-time delivery. Instituting scheduling best practices before, during, and after Request for Proposal (RFP) release can help alleviate these risks and improve a company’s chance of developing a compliant, compelling, and winning proposal. Part 1: Effective scheduling prior to RFP release Take time to prepare to develop an accurate schedule based on a solid understanding of required tasks and how long it took to perform them in the past. Review your company’s scheduling metrics so you can accurately identify how long it takes to perform basic proposal tasks. If you don’t collect metrics, … Continue reading Proposal scheduling – make it or break it (Part 1 of 2)

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