The Center for Procurement Excellence is pleased to announce a free 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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The Love/Hate Relationship With RFPs: Feedback from Procurement Professionals

In this webinar, we delve into procurement professionals’ real experiences with the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, discussing aspects they love, hate, and find perplexing.



BAFO – what’s in a name?

The term Best-And-Final-Offer (BAFO) means something different at nearly every buyer organization. Let’s dissect the term, discuss the most common procedures, and share tips for success. And, most importantly, let’s consider how our vendors feel about the BAFO process!



Can We Craft Better RFP Questions to Ask Our Vendors?

Has your procurement group ever asked this question? Usually the intent is to better differentiate vendors during the proposal stage. Despite the good intent, we will discuss why this is the *wrong* question to ask (no offense!!!) and how to change the way we think about RFPs and proposals!



Setting Realistic Procurement Schedules

Do your evaluation teams insist on rapid procurement timelines… only to delay things as the process unfolds? This session will discuss the foundations of a solid procurement timeline and share facilitation skills to help your evaluation teams be more realistic. Fewer delays = fewer headaches!

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