Present your organization’s capabilities.
Once an organization defines a need or objective and sets out to plan a project, finding the vendors to get the job done is the next step. As a project manager, you may be on the issuing side of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. On the other hand, your organization may be responding to an RFP, submitting a detailed proposal in hopes of procuring the project. Woven into both sides of this process is a need to accurately estimate and control costs, whether for materials, labor or other expenses.
The process of creating or responding to a Request for Proposal requires keen attention to detail and an understanding of the specific elements and documentation required by the process.
As you come to understand these requirements, you’ll also see how decision tools used for procurement are developed. By evaluating the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) guide processes and their relationship to procurement, you’ll be able to simulate the beginning of a procurement process by generating a project schedule. You’ll then complete the procurement plan and process flow diagram deliveries using graphics software.
Sample Course Topics
Throughout this course, you’ll focus on centralized topics as they relate to the overall objectives of the course. While topics are subject to change based on course and instructor, sample topics may include but are not limited to the following.
- Microsoft Project File Creation
- Request for Proposal Overview
- Procurement Planning
- Request for Proposal Document Development
- Request for Proposal Development and Submittal
- Proposal Development
During this course, you’ll develop a complete Request for Proposal, using provided templates that you will draft and update as the course progresses.
At the end of this course, you’ll submit a PowerPoint presentation of the Request for Proposal and subsequent proposal developed during the class.
As you develop your RFP, you’ll examine the various types of contracts common in procurement, contract negotiation techniques, and the need for vendor quality assessments.
Your Learning Objectives
In PRM 615, you’ll focus on the process required to complete the project procurement lifecycle.
- Determine project procurement requirements and schedule.
- Develop a procurement plan.
- Analyze contract types and rationale for use.
- Develop proposal documentation from a buyer and seller perspective.
- Develop appropriate selection criteria and evaluate bids.
- Develop strategies to evaluate, manage, and close contract relationships with vendors.
- Analyze ethics from a procurement perspective.
- Conduct estimation to support proposal development.
*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.