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Bidder Conference 1 year 7 months ago #6034

  • Narayan
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When do bidder conferences normally take place?

After the contract has been awarded to keep alternatives open.
After submission of bid or proposal, but before contract award.
Prior to the submission of a bid or proposal by the bidder.
After technical meetings with bidders to discuss contract requirements.

Answer : 3

I understood that Seller proposals are given as input to Conduct procurement process & so the choice would be 2nd. But the answer was 3rd as per PMBOK. Please help me to understand this concept.


Bidder Conference 1 year 7 months ago #6035

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Please always include a reference where you found a question. So... can you please tell us where you found this one?
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Bidder Conference 1 year 7 months ago #6036

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Hi Cornelius,

This was from oliver Lehmann 75 questions.


Bidder Conference 1 year 7 months ago #6038

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Procurement Documents-RFP, RFQ, RFB,RFI - are created and ready to be sent after completing plan procurement management.
Bidder Conference is performed with Prospective sellers before they can send proposals and for better understanding of SOW
Procurement documents are sent and responses(sellers) are received after bidder conference.

As a rule, please don't understand the order of inputs mentioned in PMBOK5 Process(Inputs) as sequence, rather you should focus on tool and techniques using inputs.

Bidder Conference 1 year 7 months ago #6043

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In addition to what Puneet said, project management bidders conferences are part of the process of selecting vendors provide goods or services to the project. The request for proposal (RFP) that is sent out to potential sellers/ vendors contains information about a meeting to be held prior to the submission of the seller bid/proposal.
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Bidder Conference 1 year 7 months ago #6044

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Hello Narayan,

below is the definition from the PMBOK guide. think of it as a clarification session so that sellers can understand what is required and they can submit their proposals to match the requirements. so it has to done before the submittal of proposals.

" Bidder Conferences
Bidder conferences (sometimes called contractor conferences, vendor conferences, and pre-bid conferences)
are meetings between the buyer and all prospective sellers prior to submittal of a bid or proposal. They are used
to ensure that all prospective sellers have a clear and common understanding of the procurement requirements),
and that no bidders receive preferential treatment."
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Bidder Conference 1 year 7 months ago #6056

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Hi All,

Thanks for your inputs. Take away is 2 important points for me.

1. RFP will cover the meeting information.
2. Only after the meeting, procurement documents will be sent out to prospective sellers.


Bidder Conference 1 year 7 months ago #6057

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Hi Narayan,

Just on your Point 2:
  • Send Procurement Documents
  • Complete bidder conference
  • Receive response from seller (Seller Proposals)
  • Analyze seller proposals using Proposal Evaluation Techniques( Derived from Source Selection criteria)
  • Use Independent Estimates if needed
  • Arrange for Negotiations
  • Award Contract

Bidder Conference 1 year 7 months ago #6062

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It helps to sit back and look at the whole picture too, putting yourself in other people's shoes. If you are the vender that is to bid on the project, you might have questions in order for you to create an accurate estimate. These answers are given in the bidder conference, BEFORE you give the quote.
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