The Center for Procurement Excellence is pleased to announce a free new interactive web series, “Ask of the RFP Doctor”. In this first-of-its-kind virtual discussion, procurement experts provide practical advice in addressing today’s purchasing, supply chain, and acquisition challenges. Here’s how it works:

• Teaching Moment (15 minutes): the RFP Doctor will kick things off with a brief presentation targeted at a specific topic

• CPE Virtual Peer Group (30 minutes): next, we will split up into small groups and give attendees an opportunity to network with each other and have a discussion on a relevant topic. Learn More

• Ask the RFP Doctor – Office Hours (15 minutes or until the questions run out!): we’ll come back together for an open Q&A session.  Have a challenging RFP ahead?  Have a unique situation?  Bring your questions and let’s get it figured out!

Third Thursdays of every month starting at 12:00pm Central

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How to Evaluate “Synergy” Among Proposing Teams

Owners often want know whether proposing teams have a healthy working relationship with each other.  But how can we truly evaluate this?  We’ll identify common pitfalls & recommend best practices.



Unintended Consequences of Pre-Qualifications

Step 1: Pre-Qualify; Step 2: Compete via RFP.  Many market segments advocate for this approach, but are there any downsides? Yes, many!  Let’s discuss!




How to Handle Late Proposals

What do we do when vendors submit their proposals late?  The answer may seem obvious, but we’ll share several real scenarios that will challenge your procurement instincts!



Challenges of Minimum Qualifications

No one wants to waste their time evaluating a proposal from an unqualified firm, which is why many clients publish minimum qualifications.  But min quals can be tricky to implement effectively!



Highly Qualified = More Expensive?

Do highly qualified proposals automatically come with a hefty price tag?  Let’s review a study which correlated cost vs. qualifications across more than 1,850 proposals. 

CPE Virtual Peer Groups

CPE’s Virtual Peer Groups provide attendees an opportunity to network in one of four areas below. We’ll provide a suggested topic, and invite attendees to provide feedback and advice with each other.

Peer GroupDescription
Leadership of Procurement GroupsCPOs, Procurement Leaderships, Executives
IT ProcurementAll things IT including software, hardware, system integrator, and more
Capital Projects & Alternative DeliveryStrategies for large design and construction, including best practices for new alternative delivery methods (DB, PDB, CMAR/CMGC, IPD, P3)
Procurement ProcessesStatements of Work, Evaluations, Interviews, Clarification, Partnering