Barbara Esmedina mailed me a link yesterday to her fascinating survey, canvassing views of those involved in the proposal process. The findings will be presented at this year’s Pragmatech User Forum.
If you have a spare ten minutes (and, hey, proposal people are always short of things to do, right?), it’s well worth clicking through the questions, and then scanning through the current status of the results online. A couple of interesting data points so far from the first 100 or so respondents:
- Less than a third of those surveyed are members of APMP, the professional body for proposal folks.
- Of those who are in APMP, 77% get their membership fees funded by their employer. (Hey, that’ll give some of you some useful evidence for a negotiation with your boss today!)
- Only around half those surveyed regard their roles as ‘well-respected’ in their organisation.
- Nigh on 80% of proposal teams handle fulfilment (printing, binding, shipping) in-house rather than passing it to a specialist third-party.