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Planning Your Solution vs. Planning Your Content

Planning your solution and planning the content of your proposal are two very different things:

  • Depending on the type of work and how the RFP defines the requirements, you may need to conceptualize your approach as well as your content. This is typically true of proposals to provide solutions or to perform research.
  • If the RFP does not tell you what to propose or how to do the work, then you have to determine how you will achieve the goals in addition to what you will say about it.
  • Conceptualizing and validating your approach is basically an engineering problem.
  • The solution and the writing are interdependent.  Schedule management is critical since a delay or problem in one will impact the other.
  • You can significantly mitigate the risks by validating the solution and checking it against the Content Plan prior to writing the narrative draft.

Conceptualizing and validating your approach is basically an engineering problem. If you have already an engineering methodology, then we encourage you to use it. If you do not, then you should:


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