The Bid Manager reviews the Bid Request and captures structure and with the help of the bid team filters out the requirements. This information contributes toward the outline.When identifying the requirements it will also be useful to create a compliance checklist which can be used in later reviews to check that the proposed solution complies with requirements and that a complete set of responses have been provided.The outline will assist in creating a schedule and assigning team members and authors to particular jobs. The Outline will also help in identifying the storyboards required to assist authors in their work.
Let’s take a look at putting this together. We may start with a hand-written outline like this.copy the bid structure. The bid sometimes tells you how to structure your proposal – the outline will form your table of contents.Sometimes the Bid Structure is provided by the Bid Manager, who in turn has followed the prospects suggestions or Tendering Instructions - this is a good time to CHECK compliance.So far, we’ve talked about following a prospect’s RFQ.Sometimes, a prospect may like the sound of a vendor’s idea and say “can you give me a proposal on that”.In this kind of situation an outline is useful because it helps us to consider how to present our ideas and plan what we need to write.First I’d start with a requirements checklist to make sure all the prospect’s requirements are covered.Then I would either develop it interactively with the prospect or just develop it logically making sure that everything was covered and in the right ordered. Doing this helps identify section headings and how we might split up the writing work.
Ultimately our outline can be presented more formally. Essentially , it’s still a list but easier to read and edit.
To assist in our estimates, we should consider allocating an appropriate number of pages to a topic depending on its relative importance to the prospect. We can determine this from the evaluation criteria, discussions and personal and bid team’s judgement.
Using the prioritised outline, you can startputting more in more detail.For example, by estimating the number of pages to be produced, and understanding whether the responses need to be created or adapted from existing material.Based on the number of pages to be produced, you may be able to estimate the amount of effort it will take to produce them.The table shows estimates for the Technical section.
The GIFBP format comes from LORE Systems (Bacon and Pugh, “Powerful Proposals”Its a useful way to create theme statements and value based arguments.
Creating a Winning Proposal
India ChapterBest PracticeWebinarCreating theWinning ProposalDavid WarleyPPM.APMP
Our previous webinar topic:Choosing the right opportunities Establishing Requirements Developing Strategy Proposal Strategy Development Teaming Identification Winning Price Development Managing Time, Cost and Planning the Proposal Phase Communicating your Plan Quality Learning from Experience How are we going to win?
Base your strategy on discriminators: the differences that matter to the Customer. Sour Spot • Mitigate Our • Neutralize Weaknesses Our Their Their Weaknesses Strengths Strengths STRATEGY Customer’s Needs STRATEGY Their • Highlight Our Our Strengths Weaknesses • Ghost Their Strengths Weaknesses STRATEGY STRATEGY Sweet Spot
SMART Actions, memorable themes: • Ghost competitor 1’s weakness in space usage. Show that our solution needs 30% less space Win Stress extra cost and delivery risk with larger kit Strategy • Experience: Show compliance, provide references show(What and experience of team How • TCO: Neutralise Competitor 2 strength on price by stressingsentences) early benefits and savings over the full cycle • Ghost Competitor 2’s delivery performance by showing that our systems are shipping and in service now Major: Win • Compact cost effective solution Themes • Early delivery, early benefits (Key • Savings available this yearmessages) Minor: • Proven resilient solution • Experienced team
Getting the strategy into the proposal:Choosing the right opportunities Establishing Requirements Developing Strategy Planning the Proposal Phase Communicating your Plan Managing Time, Cost and Quality Outline Development Requirements IdentificationCompliance Checklist Development Storyboard Development Executive Summary Development Learning from Experience The Foundation Exam
Learning objectives:In this unit we are going to look at:Creating a customer focused OutlineMapping your win themes to the OutlinePlanning winning content for the writing teamDeveloping and using Theme Statements Proposal Guide 251
Simple three step process • Follow RFQ • Weight by • Allocate Win Develop instructions Add customer Annotate Themes to • Create top priorityTop Level level detailed • Develop your sections Outline structure Outline • Guidance for headings and informative writers numbers headings
1 Table of Contents 2 Executive SummaryThe top- 3 Technical Responseslevel, topical 4 Pricingoutline might start 5 Delivery Schedulelike this 6 Terms and Conditions 7 Compliance Matrix 8 References and Testimonials Proposal Guide 125
And develop like this… Section Typical Contents 1 Table of Contents 2 Executive Summary 3 Technical Response 3.1 System Architecture 3.2 Performance Analysis 3.3 Availability 3.3.1 Reliability 3.3.2 Reparability
Assign or allocate all other response requirementswithin the topical outline.That is, for all requirements that weren’t dealt with in the top-level topical outline, consider how they can be incorporated.When adding structure:• Confirm compliance with the customer’s instructions• Do not interfere with the “core” numbering system and/or naming conventions• Announce organisation; then follow it• Order points in decreasing order of importance• Group similar ideasTry to maintain a balance when extending the topical outline.
Allocate pages and additional structure according tothe relative importance of the topic to the prospect.Determine relative importance, based on:Evaluation criteriaDiscussion with the prospectJudgement
Map your Win Themes to the OutlineSection Heading 3 Technical Response 3.1 System Architecture 3.2 Performance Analysis Win Themes 3.3 Availability • Compact cost effective solution 3.4.1 Reliability • Early delivery, early benefits 3.4.2 Reparability • Savings available this year 4 Pricing • Proven resilient solution • Experienced team 4.1 Investment Analysis 4.2 Price Schedule & Terms 5 Delivery & Implementation 5.1 Project Organisation 5.2 Implementation Schedule
To assist evaluators in finding information quickly, usetelegraphic headings for top level sections.Use informative headings at section levels below thosespecified by the prospect.Informative headings can impart a positive message.EXAMPLESTelegraphic Headings Informative HeadingsProject Team Structure Proven Team Structure Reduces RiskFire Protection Plan Proactive Fire Risk Management Cuts LossesSeismic Protection Plan Earthquake Readiness is a Priority
Use storyboards to share your strategy• Create a template• Provide a sample completed example• Develop initial storyboards before the kickoff• Review and revise storyboards as a team BEFORE you start writing
Review storyboards as a teamHorizontal Review:Vertical Review:
Organising section contentPut the most importantinformation first Introduce a structure • Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em Follow the structure introduced • Tell it to ‘em Add a conclusion • Tell ‘em what you just told ‘em
Highlight your key contentPage layout should make it easy for the evaluator tofind key information. Use a consistent way to highlightyour theme statements and section summaries.1. Telegraph Headings Direct the reader to main sections. Forever Tomorrow Today Graphics. Will always2. Informative Headings have greater impact Tell the reader why they should read. than just plain text.
You’re ready to start writing!Clear strategy => focus Outline => compliance & easy evaluation Themes => responsive and focused Storyboard => team direction Page layout => easy evaluation
Quick Quiz Question: Which of these statementsbest describes a theme statement? Please click on your selection
Sorry! Try again. “Theme statements link strategy and solution” is not the best description because themes should tell prospects why they should select you. Strategy and solution say more about the seller than the prospect. “Theme statements link the advantages and benefit ” is not the best description The best themes contain your because whilst important, unique discriminators. That is, these are saying more about something the prospect wants the prospect than they say which only you can offer. about why the prospect should buy from you. “Theme statements establish sales objectives” is not the best description because it says what the seller want to achieve for themselves.
Congratulations!A theme statement links a prospect benefitto the discriminating features of your offer.
In this session we have:Learned what’s meant by a ‘customer focused’ OutlineLearned how allocate Themes to the OutlineLearned how to share the strategy with the teamLearned how to develop and use Theme Statements Proposal Guide 251
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