Page Limits: Tip #2 for RFP Issuers

If you’re going to use page limits,
either to manage your proposal evaluation timeline
or to force bidders to think about what really matters,
here’s the second tip on how to do them better.

Align your page limits with the content required to answer the questions you ask, by doing a sanity check on the number of elements and the number of pages.

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Term: Lead

In Proposal Land, a lead is a proposal team member assigned to coordinate a task area, as in “Who has the lead on that?”

In the real world, a lead is someone (just short of a supervisor) assigned to coordinate a task area. Most often seen on large projects that require layers of supervision and technically or functionally conversant supervision.

In both cases, this use connotes that the position does the work as well as supervises it.

Term: Response Instructions

The ignore-at-your-own-risk rules about how the proposal is to be submitted:

  • The document (content, organization, volume and section numbering, number of copies, binder labelling, page limits, and things that affect page definitions [paper size, font type and pitch, margins, line spacing, character spacing])
  • The electronic version (file types, file names, size restrictions, media to be used)
  • The packaging instructions (labelling, separation of financial and technical submissions)
  • The delivery instructions (date, time, location, recipient)

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