If you work for any company that writes proposals, there is a chance that you already have or will be asked to participate in a color team review.
Collaborative software tools represent a major improvement in developing compliant, compelling, and complete proposals. However, these tools are not without their drawbacks.
As proposal professionals, we are very process and procedure-oriented.
A common problem with proposal teams is that it is so easy for authors to avoid communicating—particularly when one or more author is working virtually.
All of us have been there. If not, your day will eventually come. The Red Team Review members have done their pigeon-like thing. Now, your proposal writers are swimming in the after wash. How do you learn from it, keep moving, and improve your proposal?
The progressive, sequenced structure of color-coded proposal reviews works. That is, it works on major proposals where you have lead time of 30 days or more, especially if there is a draft RFP that can help you jump start the process, and you have access to the client’s resources and Subject Matter Experts.
The world of Government proposals is a world with its own language and rituals.
In Government Proposals, experienced Proposal Managers develop a Proposal Plan to guide them through the proposal effort. This is the sixth in a series of articles that discusses part six of the planning process, Color Team Reviews.