Planning tenders properly is often overlooked. All too frequently we receive a desperate phone call from someone asking for help when the tender or PQQ is due in tomorrow! Even if we had any capacity, there really isn’t enough time to do a professional job. Here are some simple tips on planning tenders and PQQs:
The Correct Approach to Planning Tenders and PQQs
1. Start Early!
The earlier you start, the more time you have. Also getting started early takes away some of the pressure of the task looming ahead.
2. Start a Bid File
Get everything you need in one place for easy access and reference. This will save time in future. I always recommend a paper file as it’s easier to make notes. Then ring-bind it to keep everything together and in the right order order.
3. Plan & Project Manage
Setting timescales and making sure they are met will help you meet deadlines. So do follow up with colleagues to check everything is on target.
4. Read the ITT & Instructions (TWICE)
You can easily miss things first time around so always re-read. Also get other members of your team to read to make sure you have not missed or misunderstood anything.Continue reading