The tender folly
Here’s the plan:
We’ll ask a bunch of companies to solve an important business problem for us.
It will be a big problem with large financial consequences.
We’ll give companies a written document on what we think we want.
We wont let any of the companies ask us more about what we want. They just get what is written.
We’ll have a deadline that is immovable. If a company is not inside it, they lose. Even if they are the best.
We wont meet with any of the people we will work with. We wont find out if we like each other.
We’ll only give these companies 1 hour to explain what they think we should do. Even if the project takes years.
We wont tell them the budget, or we’ll give an immovable budget. Either or.
We’ll get a purchasing person to run this thing. Not someone from the department who will work on the project.
We’ll keep certain secrets on the project in house until we choose a partner.
We will go through this process this every X years. Even if our current provider does this for us very well.
Sound silly? If it does, then maybe it is time we started re-thinking if we want to do business with anyone who believes in the tender process.