Ed is an expert on correlative anthologies – works that have multiple contributors that need to speak with a single voice and message. Some of these would be proposals, RFP responses, project execution plans, and other major project documentation.
The most successful project documents comply with the required frame—the what and how of what is needed. What is the owner asking, how do they expect the response to appear, and, if possible, why are they asking what they’re asking? This requires the creation of a matrix to capture all deliverables. Another frame is yours: What do you want the document to look like? What are your requirements and preferences?
Outside of proposals and RFP responses, Ed has worked on nearly a dozen billion-dollar TIC projects, and over thirty above $50 million. He has written over 400 major project documents and around a thousand other documents over the past twenty years. As a notable example, Ed wrote the 1100-page DE Phase Project Execution Plan for the $8.5 billion (now $9.7 billion) North West Redwater Sturgeon Refinery Units 70/90 – the first new major refinery in North America in thirty years. As for proposals, Ed’s most recent wins were $430 and $250 million pre-quals for Metro Vancouver.
Engaging Ed requires a conversation for maximum effectiveness: Do you have a style guide and template that you want Ed to use? Who are the different subject matter experts that Ed needs to interface with to obtain technical information? What is your document review and approval process? Do you have project sheets that need to be used for work experience? Do you want Ed to facilitate the deliverable meetings or just the package? Do you need Ed to access your document management system or just interface with your document control rep?
Sure, Ed can write things from scratch. But at the end of the day, it is your document, and you should get the best possible value for your investment.
But Ed doesn’t just make sure the document is written accurately; he edits and harmonizes the different deliverables to blend them into one voice and makes it visually appealing. In addition to making things look good, Ed’s familiarity with dozens of disciplines allows him to identify technical or other problematic issues that could be the difference between success and failure. After all, it is better to have a QC check and catch errors before the client sees them.
Edward Watson is available for writing projects, RFP responses, and developing complex business manuals. He works remotely for clients across North America.
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